Posts by Andrew Estocin

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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun, and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check…

Dec 11, 2017
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Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Our family discussed this question after attending liturgy one Sunday. The reason? The parish leadership chose to hire an armed security detail in response…

Jul 10, 2017
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What Makes an Orthodox Christian Leader?

Discussions about leadership appear everywhere in the Orthodox Church. Today, there are countless paid professionals, webinars, and conferences that all…

May 16, 2017
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Pascha and Doubt

Holy Week and Pascha present a real temptation to live one’s faith in a way that seeks to be externally perfect rather than beautiful for Christ….

Apr 23, 2017
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What I Learned From “The Greek Freak”

There are times I find it difficult to attend Church. As a Greek Orthodox parishioner and father of a multi-cultural family, I hear the words that are…

Jan 08, 2017
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Transcendent Faith: What Makes Orthodoxy Great

Terrorism grips cities around the world. Violence erupts in the United States. Christians face genocide in the Middle East. Politics spins out of control…

Jul 25, 2016
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When Easter is a Second Chance

The wheel on our unbalanced shopping cart squeaks as our family speeds around the corner aisle of the local grocery store. Shoppers around us raise an…

Apr 24, 2016
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About Those Big, Fat, Greek Weddings…

Everybody loves Nia Vardalos’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding and with the release of the sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, everyone is bound to be laughing…

Mar 26, 2016
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May the Phos Be With You #3: Luke Skywalker

    No discussion of Star Wars is complete without a look at Luke Skywalker, the young boy from Tatooine who finds himself at the center of a…

Dec 14, 2015
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May The Phos (Light) Be With You #2: Four Lessons

Four Orthodox Lessons from Obi-Wan Kenobi Popular culture’s ongoing obsession with all things Star Wars continues to grow with over 55 million people…

Nov 09, 2015
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May the Phos (Light) be With You.

Popular culture is going to go crazy for Star Wars in the coming months.  Count me among the millions of people who cannot wait for the latest installment…

Oct 05, 2015
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Orthodox Campus Ministry: Is it Time for Change?

College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  On a regular basis, young men and women on college campuses…

Aug 17, 2015