A Reflection on a Reflection

A Reflection on a Reflection

I recall sitting down to write my An Orthodox Response to Beheading by Muslims, and as my re-inaugural piece for the Orthodox Christian Network (a number of years ago, I wrote a short series during Great Lent). I remember in my own reflections being struck, day after day after day...

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Cowboy Religion and Orthodoxy

Cowboy Religion and Orthodoxy

My cousin Patrick was a cowboy. Actually, he wasn’t a real cowboy, because we grew up in town, and when he worked he was a truck-driver and repaired outboard boat motors. But he dressed like a cowboy, talked like a cowboy, and spent too much time in cowboy bars. Some...

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A Word About Orthodox Apologetics

A Word About Orthodox Apologetics

In the last few weeks, I have had several opportunities to think about Christian Orthodox apologetics. At our Greek festival, for instance, some of the volunteers who were helping us were Mormon “missionaries” or “elders.” These are young men and women who volunteer to take one or two years away...

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Message of Love

Message of Love

As a teenager, I came back from church camp and was asked to share my thoughts about my adventure with the congregation. It was, I suspect, a combination of lack of sleep, the emotional high of that type of experience topped off with plain old stage fright, but about all...

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OCMC News: The Gift of Peace and the Spread of Orthodoxy in Northern Uganda

OCMC News: The Gift of Peace and the Spread of Orthodoxy in Northern Uganda

OCMC – In northern Uganda, an area that has been decimated by war and is finally becoming more secure, “every day, everywhere you go, people are waiting to become Orthodox,” says Fr. Emmanuel Oruk. So many people want Orthodoxy in northern districts like Lira, Oyam, and Apad that it is...

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The Remarkable Missionary Efforts of Archbishop Anastasios

The Remarkable Missionary Efforts of Archbishop Anastasios

Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana is the primate of the Orthodox Church of Albania and one of the most passionate advocates for mission work in the Orthodox Church today. The brief YouTube documentary above gives you some sense of his ministry and accomplishments. As a young theologian and then clergyman, he...

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Four Reasons Why Early Christianity Grew So Quickly

Four Reasons Why Early Christianity Grew So Quickly

The rapid growth of the early Christian church is a source of perennial fascination. As Rodney Stark, a sociologist of religion who has written extensively on the topic, put it: “ How did a tiny and obscure messianic movement from the edge of the Roman Empire dislodge classical paganism and...

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Demographics of a Revolution

Demographics of a Revolution

The world is currently undergoing a very quiet but revolutionary change. Nations which since their inception have been Christian nations will soon become Islamic ones, and this is not due to violence or jihad, but due to demographics and birth rates. This is especially so in Europe, but North America...

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Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Fr. Maxim Kurlenko is a Russian Orthodox priest in a small town. But he’s also something of a minor hip hop star, at least amongst a growing number of Russians who prefer their hip hop to blend beats with some churchly exhortation — and some harsh words for the West....

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Orthodoxy and Islam

Orthodoxy and Islam

Has the rise of Islamic extremism opened a door for the spread of Orthodoxy? Hear Ralph Sidway’s fresh approach to the many areas where Orthodoxy and Islam are intersecting around the world. Click to visit Ralph Sidway’s blog.

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