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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Reflections on the Concordia Annual Summit

Reflections on the Concordia Annual Summit

The annual Concordia Summit took place in New York City on September 18 and 19. It has been more than a week now, and my mind is still trying to grasp and understand how impactful this event has been, not only for the attendees but for everyone else out there....

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Fasting and Prayer

Fasting and Prayer

The Great Canon of St. Andrew says, “When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness, He at last became hungry, showing His human nature. Do not be despondent, my soul, if the enemy attacks you, but let him be beaten off by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 4:1-11;...

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An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

Blogger Ryan Hunter sits down with Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, The Catholic University of America. Photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America.  Ryan Hunter (RH): This is Ryan Hunter reporting with the Orthodox Christian Network. My guest is Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

“As God illumines all people equally with the light of the sun, so do those who desire to imitate God let shine an equal ray of love on all people.” (St. Basil the Great) I had the privilege on Saturday, September 9, to attend the first annual 30 Under 30...

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