On the New Martyrs of the Middle East: An Orthodox View

On the New Martyrs of the Middle East: An Orthodox View

Bishop Thomas was asked to offer a response to what is going on in the Middle East. Below is his response. Special thanks to Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick for his contribution.  In recent months, images and stories of Christians being killed for their faith in the Middle East have flooded our...

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Too Young to Witness for Christ?

Too Young to Witness for Christ?

Are you too young to be a martyr, a witness for Christ?  Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis is with us again, and he has the answer to this question.  Listen as he and Fr. Chris discuss the many ways kids can be a witness to Christ’s love. From feeding the hungry to...

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14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

Christmas can be too comfortable sometimes.  As the Nativity Season unfolds, churches are celebrating the birth of Christ.   Gifts are being shared, kitchens are busy preparing traditional foods, and retreat speakers have returned home from their visits to parishes. While all these events may be well intentioned, they frequently point...

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Saint Stephen:  The Death of a Revolutionary

Saint Stephen: The Death of a Revolutionary

Saint Stephen is usually hailed as the first Christian martyr, but he is more than that. His death was also a boundary, and the blood which flowed from his body as the stones hit him became a river, one which separated the faith of the Christians from the religion of...

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God Wants You To Be a Martyr

God Wants You To Be a Martyr

In a day when our world is frantically searching wealth and honor, Christians are daily called to choose between worldly priorities and a Godly life. Your willingness to live the faith of Christ through the choices of your life reflects the importance of God in your life, and will be...

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A Reflection on a Reflection

A Reflection on a Reflection

I recall sitting down to write my An Orthodox Response to Beheading by Muslims, and as my re-inaugural piece for the Orthodox Christian Network (a number of years ago, I wrote a short series during Great Lent). I remember in my own reflections being struck, day after day after day...

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Blessed are the Persecuted

Blessed are the Persecuted

We all endure some form of suffering if we are Christian. Martyrdom is one of the most challenging to come to terms with – especially in our modern times. To help us draw closer to those who have been martyred and are being persecuted for the faith in the Middle...

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Beaten by a Dream

Beaten by a Dream

He was a teen, and sometimes, teenage boys just want to have fun. So on the first warm spring day, Gregory made plans to pick up a couple of his friends from the village, some eight miles away, and go for a hike along the river and maybe do some...

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Persecution and Thanksgiving

Persecution and Thanksgiving

The Orthodox writer Rod Dreher has popularized the Law of Merited Impossibility, as applied to Christians: “It’s absurd to say Christians are persecuted, and boy do they deserve it.” But then there is this from Britain’s Independent today: According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group with...

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Pravoslavie: About 35,000 New Martyrs in Database of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University

Pravoslavie: About 35,000 New Martyrs in Database of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University

MOSCOW – The martyrs for the faith in the 20th century included in the database of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of Humanities (Moscow) number currently about 35,000 people, reported rector of the university Archpriest Vladimir Vorobiev on Tuesday to RIA-Novosti. “Information not only on canonized New Martyrs is being gathered...

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