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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Traditionalism, Conservatism and Change in the Orthodox Church

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 truth of the Orthodox Church will never change, so how does the Orthodox Church continue to stay relevant in times while staying true to the core?...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Case for Country Music

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 offering, I don’t address the music make-up, the presentation, or the production values. I invite you to peer with me a little deeper...

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In Christ, Our Bones Shall Live

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 at ourselves is just like the people of Israel who say, “Our bones are dry; our hope is lost;...

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What Makes an Orthodox Christian Leader?

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 claim to improve Orthodox Christian leadership. Despite these efforts and countless dollars spent, the Church is experiencing a leadership crisis. The Church in America is more bureaucratic than ever before...

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After Pascha—What Happens Now?

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 think of New Year’s Day as the time to make resolutions for changing our lives, however slightly or greatly, but I suggest...

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