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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The Transformative Power of the Cross

The Transformative Power of the Cross

Leading up to Holy Week, the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, it is important to learn what the cross is and what it means to us. The cross today is a sign of glory and victory to many people. To some it’s a fashion statement. But during the time...

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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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Defining Orthodoxy: The Eternal, Timeless Love Story of God and Man

Defining Orthodoxy: The Eternal, Timeless Love Story of God and Man

Recently I had a fascinating conversation with a childhood friend of mine who is an atheist. He asked me, “What is the core essence of Orthodox Christianity?” and “Why do you live and pray the way you do? Why does this stuff matter to you?” Here is my reflection after...

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The Essence of God: Existing Everywhere and Filling All Things

The Essence of God: Existing Everywhere and Filling All Things

Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth Who are everywhere and fills all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, Come and abide in us, cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One. We are on our annual trip UP, dwelling in a cabin...

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An Open Letter to First-Generation Dads on Fathers’ Day

An Open Letter to First-Generation Dads on Fathers’ Day

There are fathers and then there are dads, am I right? I have had the great fortune of having both wonderful fathers and dads in my life—fathers who lovingly brought children into the world and dads who diligently saw it through and continue to do so. For us, Fathers’ Day...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Knowing Joy

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Knowing Joy

God is everywhere, present in every place, and therefore that He is ever with me and within me, my heart expands; it is free, light, alive, and my mind is clear – I am in a joyful state.” (St. John of Krondstadt) As I write this blog, it is bright...

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Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox, as light overtakes darkness on the Earth, Easter is associated with new life, green grass, fresh flowers, warm days—the end, the death one...

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Show Love to Everyone You Know

Show Love to Everyone You Know

Our partners at Pan Orthodox United discuss the importance of Showing Love to Everyone You Know on Valentine’s Day! Watch the video. ABOUT PAN ORTHODOX UNITED Pan Orthodox United works with local churches, Orthodox Organizations, and individuals with a Pan-Orthodox focus, to bring social and religious outreach to local Orthodox...

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Scripture’s Most Valuable Secret

Scripture’s Most Valuable Secret

During one of our Wednesday morning Bible studies, our group tackled the famous verse John 3:16, which reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Scholars have cleverly labeled this pericope the...

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