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.

Embracing All God’s Children, Part 4: Creation/Imago Dei/Living Icons

As the parent of special needs children, church was often a challenge for us.  While most   of our time was spent serving smaller military chapels,…

Oct 12, 2015

Clergy Deserve Our Sincere Appreciation.

October is Clergy Appreciation Month! It’s like Father’s Day, but not really.  On Father’s Day we show appreciation for our fathers…

Oct 08, 2015

Finding a Patron Saint for John

Recently we were invited to Baby John’s baptism and I was planning to gift an icon of Epiphany.  We always gift an icon of Epiphany for baptisms, if…

Oct 07, 2015

Embracing All God’s Children, Part 3: Whole, holy, where does sin enter the picture?

As the parent of special needs children, church was often a challenge for us.  While most   of our time was spent serving smaller military chapels,…

Oct 06, 2015

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

Anticipation

“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