Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

The following is a departure from my usual MO. Here is a poem in free verse that represents a personal glimpse into the miraculous event known as having a baby. I hope you enjoy it. Baby in the House! We had been married only a month and she was pregnant...

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Thanksgiving: The Norm of Christian Existence

Thanksgiving: The Norm of Christian Existence

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 135:1 LXX). My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Several decades ago, a visitor from Western Europe came to the Soviet Union and met with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow at the time...

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Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Recent headlines proclaim: a mass shooting in Texas, a tragedy in Manhattan, terrorist attacks in London, political unrest in Spain, hunger in Venezuela, devastating hurricanes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, earthquakes in Mexico, an increased possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. On top of all that—it was tossed...

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Yet Again…Looking for Hope in Heartbreak

Yet Again…Looking for Hope in Heartbreak

More than a month ago, we experienced another horrific shooting in our nation—the deadliest yet. And this week, we witnessed another mass killing on the streets of one of our country’s greatest cities—this time a vehicle was the weapon of choice. It seems now that we pass from one tragic...

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Examining the Reformation from an Orthodox Point of View

Examining the Reformation from an Orthodox Point of View

Five hundred years ago this past Tuesday, a professor announced a lecture. The announcement was mailed to the Archbishop of Mainz in western Germany, and was posted next to other announcements on the 16th-century equivalents of bulletin boards: church doors. One of these churches, famously, was All Saints in Wittenberg....

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 3: The Journey Begins

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 3: The Journey Begins

“Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages!” Amen. How many of us...

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Putting Faith First…

Putting Faith First…

One of the greatest challenges facing the Christian church today is the tendency to mistake religion for faith. The eminent Greek Orthodox theologian Christos Yannaras writes: “The greatest problem of Christianity – and of Orthodoxy also – is that they have ‘religionized’ Christianity and have turned the Church into a...

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Chasing the Rainbow’s End

Chasing the Rainbow’s End

Why is it so easy for us to focus on the past (which we can’t change) or the future (which may never come) and ignore the present? Have you ever felt stuck in the past? In his book, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis described the past as “a frozen river...

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Finding Peace Through Three Simple Phrases…

Finding Peace Through Three Simple Phrases…

Sometimes life gets too complicated. We rush through our days reacting, responding, running around, caught up in the whirl of this post-modern, stress-ridden life to such an extent that we lose sight of the simple messages that God sends us. One of the major ministries of the prophets of the...

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Weigh Your Heart

Weigh Your Heart

Saint Macarius the Great is one of the monastic leaders of the fourth century. He was a disciple to Saint Anthony the Great. In studying the life of Saint Macarius, we read: The Lord of Glory sent a cherub; he led him into this mountain, and when he had set...

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Book Review: When Mama Had Cancer

Book Review: When Mama Had Cancer

Cancer is big and scary. It’s a challenge to the whole family. It’s nearly impossible for adults to comprehend. It can be even more so bewildering and terrifying to children. Author Marjorie Kunch writes about her own Stage 3b breast cancer diagnosis in this calm, comforting story for young children....

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Care for the Caretaker

Care for the Caretaker

The 2017 Orthodox Family Ministry Conference was held near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from September 20 to 23. The host parish was All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the 2017 Family Ministry Conference focused on “The...

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