Posts by Theron Mathis

The Sounding

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…

Jun 17, 2014
The Sounding

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…

Jun 07, 2014
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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…

May 28, 2014
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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,…

Mar 21, 2014
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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…

Feb 22, 2014
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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…

Jan 21, 2014
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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…

Dec 16, 2013
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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…

Nov 03, 2013
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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….

Oct 06, 2013
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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…

Sep 09, 2013
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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…

Aug 11, 2013
Learn, The Sounding

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…

Jul 07, 2013
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