Is “Evaluation” even Orthodox?

Is “Evaluation” even Orthodox?

When the programs of the Office of Vocation & Ministry were just getting going, I was troubled at having to spend part of the annual budget on “evaluation.” I was skeptical about the whole task of evaluation itself. Isn’t it what businesses do, but is foreign to our vision of...

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With Faith and Love, Draw Near

With Faith and Love, Draw Near

I have a head problem. I can’t get out of it. Unfortunately, a large part of my journey to Orthodoxy was through my head. In fact, most of my religious life and formation have been deliberated through the school. Puzzles of logic and theological formulas were my specialties. Unwraveling the...

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The Old Testament is Our Story

The Old Testament is Our Story

At the table recently with some eloquent friends I had just made, the after-dinner chatter meandered through international politics and culture. We eventually settled on religion and scripture. I was disturbed by what I heard. The person seated across from me criticized the Church for continuing to offer public readings...

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Church History is Family History

Church History is Family History

I was asked on another blog how much the Orthodox know about Church history. When I first read the question, my reaction was to say that the Orthodox are extremely well versed in Church history and that it plays an important part in the life of our Church. But, upon...

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How to Celebrate Name Days with Our Children

How to Celebrate Name Days with Our Children

Dinner has ended and the sweet aroma of name day bread is wafting its way towards the table where four anxious children await a slice. You see…today is my son, Christopher’s, name day and we are just about to begin our family’s name day tradition. This is our settling down...

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BBC News Africa: Sudanese Woman Facing Death for Apostasy Gives Birth

BBC News Africa: Sudanese Woman Facing Death for Apostasy Gives Birth

Thank you to the many readers who have encouraged us to keep following this story. The persecution of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag continues to capture the world’s attention, arousing outrage. Today, her situation becomes more complicated as she gives birth in prison, where she is already caring for her little son.  BBC...

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Tabitha, which means Dorcas

Tabitha, which means Dorcas

Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples,...

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Patheos: Like Pope Francis, The Church Breathes With One Lung

Patheos: Like Pope Francis, The Church Breathes With One Lung

In the weeks leading up to the historic meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, many of us have focused solely on the ways our own Church would respond to this event. It is natural to see the world from your perspective,...

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Washington Post – Pope, Patriarch Pray in Holy Sepulcher Church

Washington Post – Pope, Patriarch Pray in Holy Sepulcher Church

The Washington Post’s article, the ’Pope, Patriarch Pray in Holy Sepulcher Church’, on May 26, 2014, provided excellent insights about Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s historic meeting in Jerusalem this week.  The article is well worth reading, as it summarizes the nuances of this historic meeting and the profound...

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The Power of Positive Discipline

The Power of Positive Discipline

When I was having my first child, I heard about many parenting books I should read. And I avoided them like the plague. After all, none of the “experts” agree on the best way to raise children. Some take the Old Testament stance “spare the rod spoil the child.” Others...

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Pope and Patriarch, 1964

Pope and Patriarch, 1964

Yesterday’s meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Pope Francis in Jerusalem marked the 50th anniversary of the 1964 meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras with Pope Paul VI. Technology in those days wasn’t as advanced as it is now, but there are good records of the meeting. Click here to listen...

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The Scriptural Foundation of Stewardship – Part 1

The Scriptural Foundation of Stewardship – Part 1

The Scriptural Foundation of Stewardship – Part 1  is the first of a multipart series that explores the Scriptural foundation of stewardship. The Holy Gospel is the greatest book ever written that teaches, describes and explains true Christian Stewardship. In this first podcast, we learn about three essential elements of...

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