The Sounding Blog

“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 Holy Trinity, Me and Glorifying God Through Music

I was once listening to a talk in which the speaker provoked the audience with the following statement: “By watching your actions for a day, I can tell…

Oct 30, 2016

Faith and Fantasy: Exploring Doxacon Seattle 2016

If I asked you what Vespers and Harry Potter have in common, you might wonder if that isn’t a “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” kind of question….

Oct 28, 2016

Participating in the Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is an experience that invites us to participate with every level of our being—not one that merely asks us to observe. Indeed, the…

Oct 22, 2016

The Beatitudes and the True Meaning of Peace

Every Sunday liturgy, the Orthodox sing the Beatitudes, the introduction to Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. They are traditionally considered to be the…

Oct 19, 2016

Putting Our Passion Toward Orthodox Ministries

This election has been heated and stressful to say the least, a constant barrage of information and ideas and oppositions. It has also been a powerful…

Oct 16, 2016

College of Choice: What is Your Top Five List?

If you are considering college for your child, take a minute and list the top five criteria your family holds in choosing a college. Once you have written…

Oct 11, 2016

Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

“Lord, send revival, and start with me!” This was a bumper sticker on many cars in Charleston, South Carolina, long ago. The little quip packed three…

Oct 08, 2016

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Inevitability of Maleness

This is not a diatribe against homosexuality, women’s rights, or any other cause that somehow finds a conflict with maleness. Neither is it a subtle…

Oct 06, 2016

Celebrating the Love of the Theotokos

As a sinful follower of Jesus Christ, my ultimate goal is to see God and His kingdom. When I first became Orthodox, the one I’ve turned to for guidance…

Oct 02, 2016

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Data ≠ Truth

In a conversation with an old friend, we reminisced about building models of different kinds in our youth. Model cars, ships, airplanes—even dinosaurs…

Sep 30, 2016

Living in Christ’s Image

I remember once coming across a vintage ad from the 1930’s that said, “Get fat for your husband.” I don’t think this company would last a week…

Sep 26, 2016

Christ Lives in Us

How many of you were at our festival last week when Billy Gibbons, the lead singer for the rock-n-roll band ZZ Top, came by to eat some Greek food? For…

Sep 22, 2016