Welcoming the Light: Letting Jesus Get Close

Welcoming the Light: Letting Jesus Get Close

The internationally known journalist, cultural critic, and scholar of the English language, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) of Baltimore—who was also an atheist—regarded the ninth chapter of St. John’s Gospel as the best crafted short story in all of world literature. It is this chapter (read: John 9:1-38) that forms the...

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Lighthouse Faith with Lauren Green

Lighthouse Faith with Lauren Green

Listen Now to a conversation with Lauren Green in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to you through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical...

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A Posture of Joy

A Posture of Joy

I’ve been surprised by something recently that I shouldn’t have been surprised by: joy isn’t a by-product of happiness. In December on the Feast of St. Stephen, I married the most wonderful man I’ve ever known, who loves me in a deeper and more beautiful way than I ever even...

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The Challenge of Fasting in the Modern World

The Challenge of Fasting in the Modern World

We’re most of the way through our Lenten journey! Pascha is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. I love the reverence of Holy Week services. I love the buildup to the Resurrection. I love that it takes place in Spring (the best of all the seasons). The process of preparing,...

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Great Lent: A Refining Crucible

Great Lent: A Refining Crucible

After a time of emotional and spiritual unrest, culminating in a conscious feeling during the Nativity season that my spiritual life needed attention, this Lenten journey heralded in a “new beginning” for me. The details of life are unique for each of us, but the goal for Christians is simple...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

It belongs to the children. During this Great Lent, I have the privilege of chanting during some of the services. Weeknight services are not really well-attended in general, but there is almost always a special visitor. My priest is very young and has a beautiful family, which includes a two-year-old...

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Respecting the Divine: Why Australia and All Democracies Should Care About Blasphemy Laws

Respecting the Divine: Why Australia and All Democracies Should Care About Blasphemy Laws

In the past several months, there has been a significant increase in the number of vicious and insensitive anti-Christian public ‘artworks’ and vandalism of churches across Australia. It would be naïve to think Christianity is not frequently insulted or targeted by artists and the media, however, this spike occurred during...

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Orthodox Voices of America: Peter’s Story

Orthodox Voices of America: Peter’s Story

Watch Now.  What keeps you connected to the church?  Why do some young adults leave the Church, while others stay engaged?  Pan Orthodox United tell’s Peter’s Story.  Do you have a story to tell be sure to email us: social@myocn.net ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is...

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Loving Others: Be Ye Doers of the Word

Loving Others: Be Ye Doers of the Word

In his poem “The Second Coming,” the Irish poet William Butler Yeats describes the post-World War I atmosphere in 1919. His first stanza is not only gripping, it speaks of so much of what we have seen during the past year. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon...

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Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

I hope you shouted out loud, “really!?” and covered your children’s eyes and ears in the Super Bowl Commercials this year. Well, I guess that is true every year, but wow, this year was insidious and persistent! I confess that I only watched the last quarter of the game—great game!—so...

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