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.

Cast Your Net

I love how Jesus uses simple things to teach His lessons. After His Resurrection, the disciples were at the Sea of Tiberias. Simon Peter said he was going…

May 22, 2015

FOCUS Pittsburgh Community Trauma Initiative

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” -Dorothy Day As I drive…

May 22, 2015

Theotokos

I wasn’t raised to kiss or venerate icons. My spiritual leaders told me it was an archaic form of idolatry. So I sought the attributes of divinity in…

May 21, 2015

The Future of the Ancient Faith

The future of the ancient Christian Church depends on three things. First, that people experience the mystery of a sacramental life in Christ—that they…

May 18, 2015

Simply Surrender

I’ve never been great at taking it easy, slowing down, if you will. A true type A personality, I feel compelled to go, go, and go some more—whether…

May 18, 2015

From Hearsay to Social Media – A Tale of Rumor Spreading

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” – Socrates There is a story that circulates in Christian…

May 18, 2015

Jesus Hung Out with the Undesirables

A few years ago, I began to read the Orthodox Bible lesson on a daily basis. Over time, I realized how Jesus consistently chose the adulterous, physically…

May 15, 2015

Bestowing Life

“O Son of God, do a miracle for me and change my heart. Thy having taken flesh to redeem me was more difficult than to transform my wickedness.” (Irish,…

May 12, 2015

Welcome to the Orthodox Church: A Review

Every single Orthodox person knows that in order to become Orthodox, you don’t read about it. You live it. You attend the services, do the fasting, say…

May 12, 2015

Relating the Body and Spirit: Ancient Prayer Today

By one’s choice for God, one wills for life instead of death. Death exists because mankind turned away from God. Death is not punishment from God;…

May 11, 2015

Am I a Good Person?

A question was asked in a recent comic strip as one character spoke to another, “Okay, Marcus, you don’t drink or smoke or cuss, but is it the absence…

May 11, 2015

A Visionary and a Shepherd

“What’s this?” I asked as we were packing his things in preparation to move into our new home together. “Oh, be careful with those. They are my…

May 08, 2015

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have exciting news! This week, the Orthodox Christian Network surpassed 500,000 Facebook fans, making our ministry the largest Orthodox Christian presence on the internet. Thank you! Because of your support;

  • – Our programs have a weekly reach of five million people on Facebook.
  • – 75% of our fans are under the age of 34.
  • – OCN is watched, read and listened to in 196 countries.

Please join us in celebrating this tremendous success by giving to the “10 Cent A Day” campaign. 100% of your gift will go directly to expanding this ministry, 0% to overhead. Help us continue our mission of comforting, inspiring and informing the next generation of Orthodox Christians, persecuted Christians and faith-seekers around the world.

On behalf of all of the Orthodox Christian Network, I thank you for 20 years of support for our beloved ministry.

— Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, OCN Executive Director

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