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 True Meaning of the Rainbow

For the first several days of October, South Carolina was hit by a storm of epic proportions.  Boone Hall Plantation, which is 3 miles from my house,…

Oct 06, 2015

St. Thomas’ Doubt and Faith in a Resurrection

No story in the Bible portrays doubt more vividly to me than that of St. Thomas. As a young boy, he was passed on a love of the Law of Moses by his parents….

Oct 05, 2015

May the Phos (Light) be With You.

Popular culture is going to go crazy for Star Wars in the coming months.  Count me among the millions of people who cannot wait for the latest installment…

Oct 05, 2015

Humans of New York Interviews Refugees in Greece

Have you heard of HUMANS of NEW YORK?  It’s a website Brandon Stanton started when he found himself “between jobs.”  With a camera…

Oct 01, 2015


“Do you know what day it is?”  This was the question His Grace Bishop Gregory asked the children during Great Vespers.  He was on a pastoral…

Oct 01, 2015

Treasure Fellowship With God

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

Oct 01, 2015

Carolina Panthers Grant a Wish for Braylon

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?  This morning, with only a few days left in September to spare, I was inspired by a young…

Sep 29, 2015

Looking Through Love

I was twelve years old and unable to appreciate the Biblical history of where we were, when we were on the island of Patmos, in the Dodecanese.  We were…

Sep 26, 2015

Preaching in Hell, Part 6: Almost Saints

Preaching in Hell: Pastoral Care in Daredevil and Firefly Part Six: Almost Saints Over the past five weeks, I have introduced the television shows Daredevil…

Sep 24, 2015

The Morality of the Syrian Crisis

Over the past two weeks, the name Aylan Kurdi has faded into the recesses of our minds. The image of the toddler’s body, washed up on the shores of Turkey,…

Sep 16, 2015

Preaching in Hell, Part 5: The Devil in Me

Preaching in Hell: Pastoral Care in Daredevil and Firefly Part Five: The Devil in Me In the previous section, I introduced Father Lantom in the Netflix…

Sep 14, 2015

Christ to Shield Me Today

Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church.  Iconography,…

Sep 14, 2015