Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

“The fellowship of His sufferings” is, of course, the widely-known phrase written by my dear Patron St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians. I have found myself puzzled by what has seemed in the past to be a lofty and somewhat inaccessible concept. This also has come under much...

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The Paralytic: Hoping, Healing, and Heralding

The Paralytic: Hoping, Healing, and Heralding

On the third Sunday after Holy Pascha, we hear the story of Jesus healing the Paralytic at Bethsaida (John 5:1-15). This passage is taken from what Biblical scholars have designated as “The Book of Signs,” i.e. John 1:19 through John 12. It precedes “The Book of Glory,” which deals with...

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An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

Blogger Ryan Hunter sits down with Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, The Catholic University of America. Photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America.  Ryan Hunter (RH): This is Ryan Hunter reporting with the Orthodox Christian Network. My guest is Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the...

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Fellowship and the Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

Fellowship and the Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

The Book of Acts offers us a glimpse in life in the Early Church. In chapter 2 the book’s author, Saint Luke, shares with us a list of the important activities that took place among the believers. He said, “And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in...

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Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

How many of you recently have gone out to eat with your families? Holiday shoppers, especially on the weekends, will generally dine out because of the convenience or simply to enjoy the festive atmosphere that virtually every restaurant or public place provides. Naturally, we have all felt the economic pinch...

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Reflecting on the Clergy-Laity Congress

Reflecting on the Clergy-Laity Congress

Waking up on the final day of the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Nashville felt more like waking up after a week of high school football conditioning than an Orthodox Christian conference. My legs had become sore from standing and walking, and my mind was still processing the countless interactions that...

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Why and How We Support One Another

Why and How We Support One Another

This is a version of the talk given by James and Daphne Hargrave at the Pentecost Vespers OCMC Dinner 2016 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Spokane, Washington. Since it’s Pentecost, we’d better start with a foreign tongue: Furaha na amani!* And we’d like to tell you about Father...

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Building Musical Bridges: Part II

Building Musical Bridges: Part II

More than a year ago, I wrote a piece for The Sounding titled “Building Musical Bridges in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese”. In that article, I expressed my belief that we need to start thinking of “choir people” and “chanters” as all being church musicians who are serving the same purpose...

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You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

You Are God’s Field, God’s Building (1 Cor. 3:9)

In the well known movie “Field of Dreams”, there is an ongoing argument between lead actor Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella and his brother-in-law, Mark, over the family’s finances. Mark implores Ray to sell the farm since Ray is not making it as a novice Iowa farmer. The problem stems...

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Young Adult Blog Post – I Was Welcomed, Not Argued, Into the Church

Young Adult Blog Post – I Was Welcomed, Not Argued, Into the Church

Inspired by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network is proud to feature outstanding programs of “young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service” .   Young Adult Blog Post – I Was Welcomed, Not Argued, Into the Church In a...

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