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 City of Cain and the City of Jesus

This is one of the last sermons Fr. Matthew Baker wrote. He intended to deliver it this evening.  Two loves formed two cities: the love of self, reaching…

Mar 04, 2015

Israeli Settler Attacks on Christian and Muslim Holy Places

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. Proverbs 10:12 Every day, I wake up and stare at the new illegal Israeli settlement right in front…

Mar 03, 2015

The Icon of the Kingdom

Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, we celebrate our Orthodox heritage. It is a wonderful festivity involving a touching procession with icons, lifted…

Mar 03, 2015

Is It Really Possible to Pray Without Ceasing?

What is prayer? According to Paul, we are supposed to “Pray without ceasing.” How is this even possible? Jim Wellington seeks to answer these questions…

Mar 03, 2015

Simple Tools for a Time of Stillness and Striving – Part 2 of 6

Body and Soul: Orthodox Christian Lent as a Self-Care Journey  God is our refuge and our strength! He helps us prepare to receive the Holy Spirit through…

Mar 02, 2015

The Life of Fr. Matthew Baker Is a Triumph of Orthodoxy

The life of Fr. Matthew Baker is a triumph of Orthodoxy. It is easy to doubt God’s Providence in taking away a young priest, newly installed in his first…

Mar 02, 2015

Hell and God’s Goodness

Q: Your book The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers mentions some quotes about Hell. Frankly, one of the things I find very incompatible with my…

Mar 02, 2015

Creed and Confessions in the Orthodox Church

Q: I am interested in the “synod of Jerusalem” held in the 17th century, and in a book called the “Diocletian Confession,” I think. It was the…

Mar 02, 2015

Missionary Zeal and Mysterious Disappearances

For an army engineer, John Feodorovich Hovorukhin made an excellent monk. The man had entered a monastery after the death of his wife in 1791, when he…

Mar 02, 2015

Foretaste of Paradise

I read Catherine’s Pascha, written by Charlotte Riggle and illustrated by R J Hughes, on Clean Monday. It seemed appropriate that right after Compline…

Mar 02, 2015

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers as Celebrated at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. A feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us…

Mar 01, 2015

Myriam’s Story

Earlier today I came across this video clip of a little girl named Myriam, an Iraqi Christian whose family had to flee their home near Mosul when ISIS…

Feb 27, 2015

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