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.

The Directive on Freedom

Back in a time made simple by the birth of a nation, where the courageous proclaimed, ‘There is a price we will not pay.  There is a point beyond which…

Nov 15, 2014

Memento Mori and Resurrected Life

Esophageal cancer killed Jerry, my father-in-law. Dying’s final indignity was when the hospice nurse informed him that he couldn’t wear his 501 Levi’s…

Nov 14, 2014

Saint John Golden Mouth

I sometimes wonder if Saint John Chrysostom is happy with the name we’ve given him. Chyrsostom means “Golden mouth” and we call him that because…

Nov 13, 2014

Anglicans and Copts and an Agreed Statement

In October of this year, as reported by the Anglican Communion News Service, the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission held its third meeting…

Nov 11, 2014

Homeless, Hungry, God Bless: Fort Lauderdale’s Attack on the Homeless

Rap group Arrested Development’s 1992 Billboard hit “Mr. Wendal” defied convention with its celebration of a homeless man who possessed wisdom and…

Nov 10, 2014

Traditionalism vs. Tradition

The late great scholar Jaroslav Pelikan once observed: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And,…

Nov 07, 2014

Archbishop of Mosul Weeps for Flock

His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul, broke down during a recent interview. While explaining an annual tradition…

Nov 07, 2014

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 7

Saint Silouan offers another very practical point of advice that is most relevant for those of us struggling in contemporary society. As regards his entire…

Nov 06, 2014

Death is the Last Enemy of Humankind

Death is the last enemy of humankind. Everyone who is born into this world is guaranteed one death. Death is inevitable. And in the Orthodox Christian…

Nov 05, 2014

The Lords of Life and Death

On Saturday, November 1, a young girl committed suicide. Brittany Maynard had been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, and she was told that chances…

Nov 04, 2014

The Superiority of Being Over Doing

One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is Psalm 46 (45 LXX):10, which reads: “Be still, and know that I am God.” This brief but powerful…

Nov 04, 2014

Heaven and Hell in the Scriptures

Recently, Anglican bishop and theologian N.T. Wright was interviewed on the Evangelical Protestant show “100 Huntley Street”, speaking about heaven…

Oct 31, 2014
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