What To Do With Saint Ignatius?

What To Do With Saint Ignatius?

Of all the saints of the Church, Ignatius maybe had the biggest impact in leading me towards Orthodoxy. Saint Ignatius threw several wrenches into my Protestant Evangelical machinery. After discovering him, I was faced with the question: What do I do with Ignatius? Here’s a brief bio that will explain...

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Orthodoxy in the American Religious Bazaar

Orthodoxy in the American Religious Bazaar

We live in a world of ads selling us products like cars, deodorant, detergent, iGadgets, but usually the marketing for such items rarely fits the physical item being sold. An ad for a car rarely is about the car, but the benefits it can impute, and these are not physical...

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With Faith and Love, Draw Near

With Faith and Love, Draw Near

I have a head problem. I can’t get out of it. Unfortunately, a large part of my journey to Orthodoxy was through my head. In fact, most of my religious life and formation have been deliberated through the school. Puzzles of logic and theological formulas were my specialties. Unwraveling the...

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How to Read the Bible Like Saint Andrew of Crete

How to Read the Bible Like Saint Andrew of Crete

Lent has begun. You finish the work day exhausted, stumbling into your darkened church. As you struggle to clear your mind of the worries of the work day, and the troubles that will meet you tomorrow, strange sounds enter your head: “The place of bodily Eve has been taken for...

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The Martyrdom of Polycarp

The Martyrdom of Polycarp

St. Polycarp fled from his own martyrdom, proclaimed it “in accordance with the Gospel,” and wants you to do the same. On Sunday February 23rd, the Church celebrates the memory of one of the earliest martyrs of the faith, St. Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna. Polycarp was a son of the...

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Celebrating the Childlike in Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

Celebrating the Childlike in Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

It’s Christmas Eve, and you are 7 years old. You can barely sleep because you know tonight Santa is coming. Every blinking light and star outside your window might be a magical sleigh. Every creak, pop, or squeak must mean someone just descended your chimney and is laying out presents...

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Doctor Who and the Communion of Christ

Doctor Who and the Communion of Christ

This November, Science Fiction history was made. Doctor Who, the famed British television series celebrated 50 years, and did so with a spectacular anniversary episode. Within the last several years, my boys and I have become rabid fans of the Doctor, watching every episode in the most recent run of...

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Exposing My Poor Spirit

Exposing My Poor Spirit

Years ago, early in my Orthodox journey, I purchased Nicholas Cabasilas’ The Life in Christ. I remember enjoying it and being helped by it, but the details escape me. Recently, upon recommendation by a friend, I decided to pick it back up. Cabasilas spends the bulk of his work discussing...

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An Orthodox Approach to Youth Ministry

An Orthodox Approach to Youth Ministry

Earlier this summer, I was asked to speak to a group of youth workers in our diocese. It’s been years since I have done any full-time paid youth work. I turned 40 this year, and past the point where my kids think I am cool, so speaking about youth ministry...

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Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

We live in a world that does not celebrate adulthood, where we prefer boys over men, and to become a man is to risk scorn or isolation. So how does one enter adulthood in our culture? When does a boy get the cue that he no longer is a boy,...

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A Motto Not Just for Scouts: Be Prepared

A Motto Not Just for Scouts: Be Prepared

Years ago on a September afternoon, my now-thirteen-year-old son came home from his first grade class with a request: “Could he join Scouts?” That question propelled me into the world of Scouting, and would see two other sons eventually follow suit. My wife jokingly tells everyone that “dad likes scouting...

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11 Tips for a Successful Vacation Church School Program

11 Tips for a Successful Vacation Church School Program

Several years ago, my wife and I were asked to run our parish’s Vacation Church School. We have been doing it ever since. During that time, there have been moments of successes and failures, and what we have learned can help you improve your own program. First, if your church...

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