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.

Top 5 Destinations for Orthodox Jet-Setters

Jet set—it’s an old fashioned, 1960s term for those who had money to burn and could just hop on a plane and travel wherever they wanted, whenever…

Feb 18, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with the Noise and Pace of Life

“When God the Logos created human nature, He did not make the senses susceptible either to pleasure or pain; instead, He implanted in it a certain noetic…

Feb 13, 2017

My Church’s Centennial Celebration

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Marvin Sickles. This past October, I had the honor of being the co-chairperson of my church’s Centennial Celebration….

Feb 07, 2017

Evolving Views or Repentance?

If you plugged in to the media at all over the past election year to hear politicians share their views on a myriad of issues, you have likely heard the…

Feb 04, 2017

Scripture’s Most Valuable Secret

During one of our Wednesday morning Bible studies, our group tackled the famous verse John 3:16, which reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave…

Jan 29, 2017

Repentance or Resolution?

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. January is my stay-at-home month, the one time of year when I politely decline social invitations and…

Jan 26, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Overcomplicating Simplicity

“Walk before God in simplicity, and not in subtleties of the mind. Simplicity brings faith; but subtle and intricate speculations bring conceit; and…

Jan 22, 2017

Embracing Life Eternal Both Now and Ever…

The first of January is the beginning of the New Year, and at the same time, the end of the old one. The Romans named this month January based on Janus,…

Jan 19, 2017

Faith and Student Loans

What’s the riskiest financial decision you’ll have to make before you turn 18 years old? If you think it’s buying a car – wrong. If you think it’s…

Jan 17, 2017

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with Feelings of Abandonment

“Do not think that the Lord has abandoned you. No! He is always with you and invisibly sustains you, even when you forget Him. He will not burden you…

Jan 12, 2017

What I Learned From “The Greek Freak”

There are times I find it difficult to attend Church. As a Greek Orthodox parishioner and father of a multi-cultural family, I hear the words that are…

Jan 08, 2017

Christmas, Martyrdom and Liturgy

The relationship between Christmas, Martyrdom, and Liturgy might seem as a stretch at first, but in light of the recent bombing at St. Peter’s Church…

Jan 03, 2017