The Holy Trinity, Me and Glorifying God Through Music

The Holy Trinity, Me and Glorifying God Through Music

I was once listening to a talk in which the speaker provoked the audience with the following statement: “By watching your actions for a day, I can tell if you believe in the Holy Trinity or not.” The statement took everyone aback, including me. I was asking myself, “What does...

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Faith and Fantasy: Exploring Doxacon Seattle 2016

Faith and Fantasy: Exploring Doxacon Seattle 2016

If I asked you what Vespers and Harry Potter have in common, you might wonder if that isn’t a “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” kind of question. Why would the Orthodox faith have anything at all in common with speculative fiction? In a word: Doxacon. It’s the...

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Putting Our Passion Toward Orthodox Ministries

Putting Our Passion Toward Orthodox Ministries

This election has been heated and stressful to say the least, a constant barrage of information and ideas and oppositions. It has also been a powerful illustration, proof of our insatiable desire as human beings to connect with one another and share our passions. During this political season, many take...

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Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

“Lord, send revival, and start with me!” This was a bumper sticker on many cars in Charleston, South Carolina, long ago. The little quip packed three important foundational points: “Lord”, “revival”, and “start with me.” First, the call on the Lord Jesus Christ indicated that the source of what we...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Inevitability of Maleness

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Inevitability of Maleness

This is not a diatribe against homosexuality, women’s rights, or any other cause that somehow finds a conflict with maleness. Neither is it a subtle “vote” for my own gender in a shrouded macho venting. It is, in fact, a statement for something which is integral to our very existence as...

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Living in Christ’s Image

Living in Christ’s Image

I remember once coming across a vintage ad from the 1930’s that said, “Get fat for your husband.” I don’t think this company would last a week nowadays. When this vintage ad was popular, being heavy was associated with being wealthy—a status reserved for the small number of individuals during a time of...

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Christ Lives in Us

Christ Lives in Us

How many of you were at our festival last week when Billy Gibbons, the lead singer for the rock-n-roll band ZZ Top, came by to eat some Greek food? For me, I knew ZZ Top from when I was younger, but I wouldn’t have even recognized Billy Gibbons. Yet, I...

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The Road Less Traveled: A Journey of Faith

The Road Less Traveled: A Journey of Faith

To say I am a Cradle Orthodox is a bit of an understatement. In addition to being raised in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, I am the 42nd generation descendant of one of the four bishops baptized by St. Thomas the Apostle to start the Indian...

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Christ’s Search for Lost Sheep

Christ’s Search for Lost Sheep

The year is 1868; the place, Damascus. A self-taught mystic calling himself Abd el Matar left his wife, family, and home to found a group of disciples, the Shazlis, in Damascus. He based the group on a Sufi brotherhood established in the middle ages. About 40 or so people gathered...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: How America Lost Her Virginity

Musings from a Grateful Convert: How America Lost Her Virginity

I am listening to the music of Little Eva, an early ’60’s Pop Music star in the U.S. Her songs include “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”, “Some Kinda Wonderful”, “Locomotion” et al. If I were a young person , I would be asking, “My how American Pop Culture has...

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