Where Do You Recharge Your Batteries?

Where Do You Recharge Your Batteries?

I am an 18-year-old teenager who is very stressed. School, friends, becoming an adult, plus a thousand activities I am involved in, keep me very stressed. Everyone in this world is somehow stressed.  Jobs, children, marriage, picking the right car, having enough money for your family, etc. can keep life...

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International Society of Orthodox Church Music

International Society of Orthodox Church Music

Continuing our monthly theme of Faith and Nations, we’ll hear from Fr. Ivan Moody of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music, www.isocm.com. Plus, we’ll speak with author Kh. Krista West about her new book on Orthodox vestments and we will also speak to Richard Raymond Barrett about the St. John of...

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Waiting for Water

Waiting for Water

“In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 There are some things that are about the same here in the Holy Land as they were two thousand years ago. It is sad that Christians in the Middle East...

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Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

The highest authority within the Church itself is the Ecumenical Council. During the early period of the Christian Church, many councils were held to establish once and for all the basic beliefs of the Christian Church. Hundreds of Church Fathers gathered in many placed during a four-century period to settle...

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Dead People and Why Icons Look Weird

Dead People and Why Icons Look Weird

If I say, “Hello,” it is not a stretch to think that the answer will be something like…well… “Hello.” However, if I say, “Hello” to a dead person, a two-way conversation may hit a wall. Greeting, let alone conversing with, a dead person might be considered by some to be...

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Sexual Identity

Sexual Identity

Sexual identity is all over the media right now, but where is the Orthodox voice on gender and sexual identity when we turn on the news or read the papers? Here to talk about one news story that’s getting national attention is Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov of Holy New Martyrs and...

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Find Orthodox Faith in Bosnia

Find Orthodox Faith in Bosnia

On Journey to Orthodoxy, we continue our travel around the world with the story of Fr. James Early, who went to Bosnia as a Baptist missionary, only to discover there the riches of the Orthodox Faith. ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official...

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Looking Deeper

Looking Deeper

My best friend in high school had been sexually abused by her father from the time she was twelve until she left home at eighteen. My fourteen-year-old niece was raped when someone she trusted sold her virginity for drugs. When my daughter was five, a young boy her age was...

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Recasting the Clay of Marriage: Supreme Silliness!

Recasting the Clay of Marriage: Supreme Silliness!

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. By rejecting certain sections of DOMA, the Supreme Court significantly advanced the redefinition of marriage. Marriage between a man and woman predates both religion and government and is grounded...

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11 Tips for a Successful Vacation Church School Program

11 Tips for a Successful Vacation Church School Program

Several years ago, my wife and I were asked to run our parish’s Vacation Church School. We have been doing it ever since. During that time, there have been moments of successes and failures, and what we have learned can help you improve your own program. First, if your church...

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Second Sunday of Matthew

Second Sunday of Matthew

He said to Peter and Andrew, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men… And from the place whence they were called, and from many things, one may perceive this: such as their ready obedience and abandonment of all. For now they were instructed beforehand… But mark both...

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The Wig Story

The Wig Story

Written May 2, 2013 As you know, I had mixed feelings about getting a wig. I feel most comfortable bald, but my children were saddened by my bald head. As soon as I realized that, I made an appointment to visit a wig shop near my house. Strike that, before...

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