Christian Athletics or the Struggle for the Kingdom

Christian Athletics or the Struggle for the Kingdom

The classic image of the Christian as an athlete of Christ is a little overplayed nowadays, in a culture obsessed with sports. I personally like very much this metaphor, but if we push it too much, we may end up with a very simplistic view, as the priests become coaches,...

Read more
Orthodox Faith Meets Science Fiction and Fantasy at Doxacon

Orthodox Faith Meets Science Fiction and Fantasy at Doxacon

In August a cadre of “Geek-Orthodox” Christians arrived at St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for Doxacon, an Orthodox science fiction and fantasy convention. Founded in 2012 by Daniel Silver and Father David Subu of Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Virginia, Doxacon is...

Read more
Raising Family in the Image of the Theotokos

Raising Family in the Image of the Theotokos

Almost 35 years ago, I chose to leave the Canadian military and get married. My mother was not impressed. She had spent her entire adult life trying to be someone other than a wife and mother and was hoping her daughters would continue the battle. She felt I was giving...

Read more
Practical Prayer and Other Spiritual Tools

Practical Prayer and Other Spiritual Tools

There are essentially two types of prayer rules that we have in the Orthodox Church. It is important for us to understand these in order to best make prayer a part of our lives, or better put, to keep ourselves from using our spiritual powers of self-justification and personal laxity...

Read more
CrossRoad Theological Program: Our Call to Follow the Road to Christ

CrossRoad Theological Program: Our Call to Follow the Road to Christ

Each summer, Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, hosts more than 60 Orthodox teenagers for CrossRoad, an incredibly enriching, 10-day theological program based on the topic of vocation. During these 10 short days, the participants immerse themselves in the Faith, form friendships with fellow Orthodox from around the country...

Read more
Cradle or Convert? A Trend in Orthodoxy

Cradle or Convert? A Trend in Orthodoxy

Not long ago my mother and I visited her hometown parish for their annual food festival. My mom still has family and friends there, so it was a wonderful opportunity to visit and reconnect. While there I noticed a table with literature and signage. As I approached, I saw titles...

Read more
13 Reasons Why You Really Need to Know What’s Going on with Your Teen

13 Reasons Why You Really Need to Know What’s Going on with Your Teen

“I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.”—Hannah Baker, 13 Reasons Why Have you heard about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why? It’s caused...

Read more
Shedding Light on Taybeh

Shedding Light on Taybeh

Returning one more time to the only all-Christian village that exists in Palestine has been a challenge. But the most amazing thing of all is the great blessing to light candles on my first day at the fourth century ruins of Saint George Byzantine Church, which was built when Saint Helen...

Read more
Finding Orthodoxy in the Heritage Greece Experience

Finding Orthodoxy in the Heritage Greece Experience

Photo: The author visiting the Chapel of St. George in Athens, Greece During the past two weeks, I had the pleasure of participating in the Heritage Greece program. The program is akin to “birthright Israel”, in that Greek-Americans (between the ages of 18 and 26) are given the opportunity to travel...

Read more
Hank Unplugged: Today’s Sexual Tower of Babel

Hank Unplugged: Today’s Sexual Tower of Babel

 Listen Now to Joe Dallas, 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. Joe Dallas is the founder of Genesis Counseling focusing on healing “Sexual Addiction, Responding to Pro-gay Theology, Ministering to Parents of...

Read more