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Orthodox News

The Sounding Orthodox Blog Celebrates 40+ Writers!

As OCN begins celebrating its 20th Anniversary year of broadcasting, it also celebrates a milestone in the growth of one of its younger program offerings….

Oct 01, 2014
Orthodox News

Fire Destroys Orthodox Church in Palm Harbor, Florida

On behalf of my parish, Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene the Neo Martyrs of Lesbos Hellenic Orthodox Church of Palm Harbor, Florida, in the Metropolis…

Sep 30, 2014
The Sounding

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 4

According to St. Silouan, and our entire Orthodox tradition, spiritual life entails spiritual warfare. This is a primary point that we must fully acknowledge…

Sep 29, 2014
The Sounding

He Didn’t Say It Would Be Easy

I yelled ahead, asking for the time. Four-fifteen. We had been walking for two hours nonstop since the last break. Roughly six miles since we started today….

Sep 27, 2014
The Sounding

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 3

The broad appeal of the writings of Saint Silouan is based on a combination of other factors as well. The fact that he was uneducated and ‘almost illiterate,’…

Sep 26, 2014
The Sounding

Business Ethics 101

During the past few years, concern about business ethics has come to the fore with the collapse of large corporations, largely because of shady deals,…

Sep 26, 2014
Orthodox News

Greek Reporter: Turkish TV Producers Blow Up Greek Orthodox Church

Cappadocia, Turkey, has always been a favorite filming backdrop for Turkish television producers. There are many old mansions in the area that were inhabited…

Sep 24, 2014
The Children's Word

The Children’s Word: Go Away!

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres….

Sep 24, 2014
The Sounding

Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

This topic is on my mind at the moment because our church school program is focusing on the feasts for this year’s curriculum. I’m working…

Sep 23, 2014
The Sounding

Love Your Enemies

It was June, and for Alaska, it was warm. The snow had mostly melted, and some parts of the ground were actually thawed. The sun rose at around 5 in the…

Sep 23, 2014
The Sounding

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 2

The Saints challenge us to reach beyond the common conception of salvation that predominates in the West. For the Orthodox Church, salvation is more than…

Sep 23, 2014
The Sounding

Cowboy Religion and Orthodoxy

My cousin Patrick was a cowboy. Actually, he wasn’t a real cowboy, because we grew up in town, and when he worked he was a truck-driver and repaired…

Sep 23, 2014