I Dare You to Say “Merry Christmas!”

I Dare You to Say “Merry Christmas!”

“And, four dollars and seventy three cents is your change.” The grocery checker handed me my money and receipt. “Merry Christmas” I said, looking him in the eyes and smiling. He stared at me and said nothing. “I don’t think he heard you,” my daughter said. But strangely, it happened...

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Who are your secret idols?

Who are your secret idols?

Food, your iPhone, academics, money, celebrities, football… There are so many things out there that pull us away from God and beg us to worship them instead. Idol worship is easy to cover up. It’s even easier to deny. During this Nativity fast, I find myself asking the hard questions...

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13 Facebook Sins You Might Need to Confess

13 Facebook Sins You Might Need to Confess

With over 500 million active users, and 50% of people logging in on a daily basis, Facebook is a way of life for most of us. As a regular Facebook user myself, I enjoy reading my friends’ and family’s status updates. I like staying in touch with what’s happening in...

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What Happened to the Family Dinner?

What Happened to the Family Dinner?

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” –Ronald Reagan So many families rarely have dinner together anymore. Dinner has become a grab-and-go, run out the door, stuff it down your throat ritual. We don’t sit down to be in the moment with our closest loved ones, to...

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10 Ways Orthodox Parents Set Children Up for Moral Failure

10 Ways Orthodox Parents Set Children Up for Moral Failure

Life gets busy and we don’t step back enough to see what we might be doing as parents to hurt our children’s spiritual growth. Being an intentional Orthodox Christian parent is hard work…but it’s worth it. We have a legacy of faith, wisdom and experience we can pass on to...

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Evangelize Orthodoxy with Stronger Youth Groups

Evangelize Orthodoxy with Stronger Youth Groups

Teen pregnancy, pornography, moral decay, broken families, sexual abuse, drug addiction, eating disorders…these are just some of the crises facing our youth today. How is your church responding? Or, are they looking the other way? We may have the one, true faith, but we are losing our youth. I don’t...

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The Real Meaning of Religion

The Real Meaning of Religion

It’s not a bad word. Recently, I was in a leadership training class. We were directed to pick one thing that most influenced our interactions with the world around us. The choices were: age, income level, gender, education, etc. We weren’t given much time to think about our choice. I...

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