Posts by James Hargrave

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Father Ioasaph and the Alaska Mission

  “We ate rotten three-year-old dried fish, to the last bit, although when we arrived here, fish were still running but not harvested.” The author…

Nov 17, 2015
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Preaching in Hell, Part 6: Almost Saints

Preaching in Hell: Pastoral Care in Daredevil and Firefly Part Six: Almost Saints Over the past five weeks, I have introduced the television shows Daredevil…

Sep 24, 2015
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Preaching in Hell, Part 5: The Devil in Me

Preaching in Hell: Pastoral Care in Daredevil and Firefly Part Five: The Devil in Me In the previous section, I introduced Father Lantom in the Netflix…

Sep 14, 2015
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Preaching in Hell, Part 4: Coffee for the Devil

In the first half of this series, I proposed that it’s worthwhile to investigate examples of Christian truth in popular culture in order to engage our…

Sep 07, 2015
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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…

Aug 31, 2015
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Preaching in Hell, Part 2: Shepherd Book’s Mission

In Part One, I proposed that we, as Orthodox Christians, can participate in some popular culture in order to have common ground with our neighbors. In…

Aug 24, 2015
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Preaching in Hell, Part 1: TV and Missions

This article, and its follow-ups, are a version of a presentation that I gave in July 2015 at Doxacon Seattle, a science-fiction and fantasy convention…

Aug 19, 2015
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God is Father

God is Father. What does that mean? Here’s what it doesn’t mean: We have, as a human reality, such a thing as fatherhood. Because we can’t really…

Jul 08, 2015
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Treasuring Simplicity

Orthodox Christians treasure simplicity. We venerate St Anthony the Great, and the countless monastics who followed him into the desert, forsaking the…

Nov 18, 2014
Featured Orthodox Christian Churches

Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia

Have you ever worshiped in a barn? What would you name a church that worships in a barn? My church began in 2002 as readers’ services conducted in a…

Oct 27, 2014
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A Baby-Friendly Parish

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 10:14) Does your parish welcome little…

Jan 24, 2014
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Orthodoxy in South Africa Before and After Apartheid

Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, the first democratically-elected President of South Africa, has been a beloved figure for decades, and his recent death drew…

Dec 20, 2013