Posts about faith and culture

Come Receive the Light

Traditionalism, Conservatism and Change in the Orthodox Church

We begin with a conversation between Fr. Chris and Fr. Oliver Herbel about change within the Orthodox Christian church. Fr.Oliver observes that the core…

Jun 15, 2017
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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Case for Country Music

Whoa, Podner!  What’s this guy doing? I realize this may seem wildly off the track, but bear with me. There is a message in here somewhere.  In this…

Jun 01, 2017
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In Christ, Our Bones Shall Live

In Ezekiel’s vision about the dead bones (Ezk 37: 1-14), God reveals to us how He thinks of us in contrast to how we think of ourselves. The way we look…

May 21, 2017
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What Makes an Orthodox Christian Leader?

Discussions about leadership appear everywhere in the Orthodox Church. Today, there are countless paid professionals, webinars, and conferences that all…

May 16, 2017
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After Pascha—What Happens Now?

Pascha has come and gone, and we might be tempted to adopt an attitude that allows us to drift back into habits and patterns best avoided. We normally…

May 01, 2017
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Modern Trials to Our Ancient Faith: The Challenges to Living Orthodoxy in America

“Rules, Rituals and Story – How We Experience and Share our Faith” If you had a choice between memorizing and learning a bunch of rules to follow,…

Apr 24, 2017
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Cooking with Chef Sophia Manatakis

We just completed our first ever live streaming Facebook Cooking show with Chef Sophia Manatakis. For those of you who were not able to watch Chef Sophia…

Mar 30, 2017
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Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Holiness of Condescending to One Another

“God condescends whenever He is not seen as He is, but in the way one incapable of beholding Him is able to look upon Him. In this way God reveals Himself…

Mar 23, 2017
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Finding Faith: Always, Now and Forever

A recent article in the “Faith & Family” section of the local Saturday newspaper reported on a research study. A sociologist and historian teamed…

Mar 17, 2017
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A Most-Profitable Vacation in Great Lent?

I have a sweet and dear parishioner who comes from an Old Rite background. She was describing to me the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete–that beautiful…

Mar 10, 2017