Posts by Melinda Johnson

The Sounding

Idol Worship and the Screen

Christ is Risen! Watch this remarkable video. In the first few minutes, you enjoy the beautiful, uplifting celebration of Christ’s resurrection….

Apr 18, 2015
The Sounding

Christ in You

Have you ever looked closely at the icon called Christ the Sower? It shows Christ holding a bag of seeds in one hand, and planting them. What do you know…

Apr 09, 2015
The Sounding

Archbishop Dmitri and Friends, Singing in Church

On this first morning of Great Lent, we found a gift we want to share with you. If you click above, you can watch Archbishop Vladyka Dmitri singing with…

Feb 24, 2015
The Sounding

Tree Change Dolls – Why We Care

Four days ago, I discovered Tree Change Dolls. When I discovered them, the Facebook page had 23,000+ likes. I checked again at intervals, during the day,…

Feb 16, 2015
Orthodox Family & Faith

Should You Protect Children From Grief?

Grief and loss due to the death of a loved one are hard to experience and many want to protect children from these emotions by telling them their loved…

Nov 13, 2014
Orthodox News

Calvert Journal: Russian Orthodox Group to Finance Russian-Themed Films in Hollywood

A group of Russian religious philanthropists have announced plans to finance a number of big budget Hollywood feature films focused on Russia. Andrei Poklonsky,…

Aug 26, 2014
The Sounding

Lifestyle Magazine: Addis Ababa Most Vegetarian Friendly Capital in Africa

We Orthodox become “vegetarian” at regular intervals all year long, so it might not be surprising that Addis Ababa in Ethiopia was just named…

Jul 03, 2014
The Sounding

Fear is a Bad Decision-Maker

Fear is a bad decision-maker. It’s powerful, plausible, and thoroughly unreliable. It’s as likely to lead you straight into the fire as it…

Jun 26, 2014
The Sounding

What language did Jesus speak?

During the recent Apostolic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the western media seemed to lose sight of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s role in this historic…

Jun 24, 2014
The Sounding

Saint Porphyrios on Blackmailing God

Bargaining with God in prayer is such a common human behavior that it’s part of our culture. How many times have you seen a character in a movie,…

Jun 22, 2014
The Sounding

“Peace is not the absence of conflict—it is the absence of fear.”

As many of you are aware, there was a shooting at Seattle Pacific University this week.  On Thursday afternoon, a gunman walked into the science building…

Jun 07, 2014
OCN Now

Be the Bee: Apostolic Pilgrimage (Disagreement and Dialogue)

Why was the meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew so important? On this week’s edition of “Be the Bee,” Steve…

May 31, 2014