Four Striking Oil Paintings by Orthodox Christian Artists

Four Striking Oil Paintings by Orthodox Christian Artists

Orthodox Christianity is known for its religious art: striking, other-worldly icons of saints and scenes from the Bible. Yet, throughout history, Orthodox Christians have also produced beautiful works of art in a variety of media and styles, sometimes fusing their religious tradition with more mundane themes. Here are four great...

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Why Am I Orthodox? The Story of a Journey

Why Am I Orthodox? The Story of a Journey

“Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” (St.John 21:18) Introduction – A Journey of Faith...

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SCOTUS Decision on Religious Freedom: An Orthodox Perspective

SCOTUS Decision on Religious Freedom: An Orthodox Perspective

It was hard yesterday, on a quiet summer Sunday in rural central Pennsylvania, to imagine that the small factory across from the lot where we’re building our Orthodox mission temple would have its fate decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC today. But it did. Conestoga Wood Specialties,...

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Orthodoxy and Islam: Boko Haram

Orthodoxy and Islam: Boko Haram

Islamic militant group Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian girls, killed masses of civilians, and called for Muslims around the world to “kill, kill, kill.” Ralph Sidway updates us on the group’s atrocities, discusses how it relates to other Islamic terrorist groups, and asks how they are receiving funding...

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Orthodoxy and Islam: Meriam Ibrahim

Orthodoxy and Islam: Meriam Ibrahim

Join Ralph Sidway and Fr. Chris as they discuss Meriam Ibrahim – the Sudanese Christian woman who was condemned to be lashed 100 times and then executed. Hear about the developments in her situation, the danger she faces from honor killings, and what her story can teach us. Ralph Sidway...

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Orthodoxy and Islam: ISIS

Orthodoxy and Islam: ISIS

ISIS has declared its plan to take over large territories in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Ralph Sidway offers a crash course on this Islamic terrorist group. Who are they? How has the group developed? Who are they targeting and is the US in danger? Ralph Sidway blogs...

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Daily Mail: ISIS Map of the World, Plan for Global Domination

Daily Mail: ISIS Map of the World, Plan for Global Domination

ISIS has renamed itself the “Islamic State” and revealed its plan to take over not only the Middle East, but large portions of Europe and Asia. The territory includes several Orthodox countries, including Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania. The Daily Mail reports: The ISIS map of the world: Militants outline chilling...

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Apostles To The Apostles – Feminism As It Should Be Understood

Apostles To The Apostles – Feminism As It Should Be Understood

Generally speaking, there is discomfort about the feminist movement in the Orthodox Church. Here is what His Beatitude Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church affirmed, speaking to a meeting of the Union of Orthodox Ukrainian Women in Moscow: “I consider this phenomenon called feminism very dangerous, because feminist organizations...

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100-Year-Old Beggar Celebrated as Living Saint in Bulgaria

100-Year-Old Beggar Celebrated as Living Saint in Bulgaria

Have you heard of “Grandpa” Dobri, the famous beggar who has sat for over 20 years at the entrance of the majestic Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria? His fame has spread throughout Bulgaria — and is now garnering international attention. The YouTube video posted above gives a good overview...

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Seeing is Becoming: The Mirror of Contemplation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary on the Song of Songs

Seeing is Becoming: The Mirror of Contemplation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary on the Song of Songs

St. Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary on the Song of Songs offers a profound contemplative theology in which the category of vision occupies a central place. To see correctly for Gregory involves a process in which exegesis and askesis, a proper interpretation of scriptural images and the purification of the soul’s...

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Resurrection

Resurrection

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b) In one week, a person goes through every emotion possible. On Palm Sunday, we had the joy and excitement of the King entering into Jerusalem, and of little children recognizing Him. There was hope, also, for...

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Final Statement of the Antiochian Conference

Final Statement of the Antiochian Conference

The Antiochian Unity conference came to a close today, and a statement has been issued summarizing the events and outcomes of the Conference. This statement was published online by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. FINAL STATEMENT OF THE ANTIOCHIAN CONFERENCE ANTIOCHIAN UNITY: DIMENSIONS AND EXIGENCIES...

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