The Sounding

“The Sounding” was named for the nautical practice of measuring the depth of water with a sounding line, a rope with a weight attached to it and units of measure marked off along the line. The rope was lowered over the side of a ship, born down into the water by the weight, and when the weight came to rest, the measurement was taken by the markings on the rope. The purpose of “The Sounding” is to probe the heights and depths of our human experience and take their measure. Our mission is to support the well-being of our readers by providing well-written, positive, and thought-provoking Orthodox content and fostering discussion of its application to life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confessions of a Former Halloween Junkie

Earlier this week, I got a phone call from my sister. We live three hours apart, and with eight young children between us, phone conversations are tricky…

Sep 21, 2014

In Success – Thanking God

The earthly mind is confined to itself. When it accomplishes something, it takes full credit for the accomplishment, and self-centeredly assumes that what…

Sep 19, 2014

Wisdom and the Constancy of Light: Sermon on Psalm 103 (Vespers)

As we give blessing to God for the end of one day and the beginning of another, the words of Psalm 103 in our Vespers service bid us turn our thoughts…

Sep 18, 2014

Leaving the Church

I was recently asked to reflect on the question, “Why do people leave the church?”, a question which was inspired by an article in the Christian Post….

Sep 18, 2014