Faith – Part 2

Faith – Part 2

In this second podcast about faith, Veronica Hughes will explore the relationship between faith and illumination, our regeneration in grace, and our second baptism. “We all receive the first illumining at baptism, and the second through faith and the fulfilling of the commandments of the Lord.” Stay tuned for this...

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What To Do With Saint Ignatius?

What To Do With Saint Ignatius?

Of all the saints of the Church, Ignatius maybe had the biggest impact in leading me towards Orthodoxy. Saint Ignatius threw several wrenches into my Protestant Evangelical machinery. After discovering him, I was faced with the question: What do I do with Ignatius? Here’s a brief bio that will explain...

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Pentecost and Temple Judaism

Pentecost and Temple Judaism

When we think about Pentecost, we are looking back at it from our modern Christian perspective. How might the Apostles themselves have experienced it? On this episode of Theologically Thinking, Fr. Demetrios Tonias speaks with us about Pentecost and the church as it was before and after this spiritual watershed....

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How to Start a Welcoming Committee at Your Church

How to Start a Welcoming Committee at Your Church

Our church had a strange problem: we had a ton of visitors. Many of them would pop in during the liturgy, and then they were gone in a flash when it was time for coffee hour. “Did you see that new family that came today?” We’d overhear other parishioners asking...

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Houston, TX: Saint Joseph Orthodox Church

Houston is a very big city. We moved here in 2012 not knowing much about the ramifications of big city life, especially as it might affect church life. I am guessing at this, since I only have a data point of one, but I think that with the state of...

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Does the Sermon Matter?

Does the Sermon Matter?

What is a sermon? Is it a sacrament? Is it a liturgical act? If not, why is it important? A sermon is very important, but it is just as important that we understand what it is and what we are to receive from it. Fr. David Smith shares what St....

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Wall Street Journal – Is Google Replacing God?

Wall Street Journal – Is Google Replacing God?

‘Is Google Replacing God? – asked the Wall Street Journal in an excellent article published on June 12, 2014.  The article highlights a report by the MIT Technology Review that shows a correlation between “increased Internet use and the decline of religious affiliation.”  Specifically, “the percentage of people in the...

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What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?

What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?

Upon whom–and why–would we, as Orthodox believers, bestow the title “Christian”? It’s a matter that the Church has wrestled with from her very earliest history. You can almost hear the sadness in the voice of St. John the Evangelist as he tells his flock that some former members of his...

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Seven Things PKs Want You to Know

Seven Things PKs Want You to Know

There have been a few posts recently in the Orthodox blogosphere about PKs (Priest’s Kids), but interestingly enough, not by a PK. There’s no doubt that the life of a PK is unique. Here are some things we’d like you to know about us: 1. We all make mistakes. When...

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What is the Apostles Fast?

What is the Apostles Fast?

Orthodox Christians around the world observe four fasting seasons during the year. Two of these—the Great Fast for the forty days of Lent, and the Dormition Fast during the first fifteen days of August—are considered “strict” fasts. The other two are generally observed as “lesser” fasts: the so-called “Christmas Lent”...

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