Icons, the Sign of the Cross, and Tradition in Orthodoxy

Icons, the Sign of the Cross, and Tradition in Orthodoxy

People who are not familiar with Orthodox Christianity may ask why we kiss icons, make the sign of the cross, or follow Tradition. Such questions can be difficult to answer in a way that non-Orthodox will understand. With this in mind, Frederica Mathewes-Green recently released a series of videos to answer common queries into...

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In the Image of God

In the Image of God

This adorable 5-year-old is making the rounds on social media after his mom, Sarah Bromby, filmed his reaction to the news that she is pregnant. She offers her son the ultra-sound pictures, and the result is priceless (as is his British accent!). Although we may chuckle at his enthusiasm, we...

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Sharing Fruit

Sharing Fruit

There are many examples in the Gospels where Jesus warns about not bearing fruit, but in the Parable of the Vineyard in Matthew 21.33-42, He teaches about not sharing fruit and what happens to the wicked and greedy stewards when the King returns. The Church is the Vineyard of Christ,...

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Daily Devotion: I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me

Daily Devotion: I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 I Who am I? I am created in the image and likeness of God. I have the Light of Christ in me. I have gifts and talents that will allow me to make a positive contribution to Society...

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Preaching in Hell, Part 3: The Missionary’s UnChristian Death

Preaching in Hell, Part 3: The Missionary’s UnChristian Death

Last time, I introduced Shepherd Book from the TV series Firefly and its sequels in the comic books and film Serenity. I showed his arrival as a missionary on the spaceship Serenity, and how his ultimate failure to “carry the Word” – or even keep his cool – led him...

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VIDEO: What Do You Mean, ‘Pray to the Saints?’

VIDEO: What Do You Mean, ‘Pray to the Saints?’

“Wait . . . you pray to saints?!” I remember someone asking me something similar after my conversion to Orthodoxy. I tried to explain but they were not interested. I can tell you as a former protestant that “prayer to the saints” really freaks some people out—and it’s such a shame!...

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