October Is Support a Mission Priest Month

October Is Support a Mission Priest Month

And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was,...

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Preaching in Hell, Part 1: TV and Missions

Preaching in Hell, Part 1: TV and Missions

This article, and its follow-ups, are a version of a presentation that I gave in July 2015 at Doxacon Seattle, a science-fiction and fantasy convention sponsored by Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Tacoma, WA. Doxacon “Prime” will take place this November in Washington DC, and if you’re interested in reading...

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Working as a Missionary

Working as a Missionary

Are you looking for more from your church? Are you tired of being a spectator? Listen, as Fr. Chris Metropulos speaks with Andrew Lekos, the Orthodox Christian Missions Center’s Director of Mission Teams. Andy has sent out hundreds of teams out to the mission fields and shares the goals of...

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Albania: A Case for Long-Term Missions

Albania: A Case for Long-Term Missions

My first visit to Albania was in 2012. The full impact of the global economic crisis was beginning to hit hard as scores of Albanians who made their livings in Italy and Greece saw work become increasingly scarce. I was also able to get a glimpse of how the echoes...

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In Love with Excess

In Love with Excess

As we enter the Christmas season, Dr. Randa Anderson, a member of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute in Chicago, talks with Fr. Chris about our infatuation with excess. With insight into our desire to indulge, they also discuss the benefits of prayer, fasting and almsgiving towards our preparation for Christ’s...

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OCMC News: 10 Volunteers Needed for Short-term Missions in 2014!

OCMC News: 10 Volunteers Needed for Short-term Missions in 2014!

From Guatemala to Moldova to Kenya, Orthodox Christians from the United States have taught the faith, built churches, and led youth camps in 2014. There is, however, still much work to be done! Teams to Albania, Tanzania, and Uganda will be departing in September and October and the Mission Center...

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A New Orthodox Parish in the Turkana Desert

A New Orthodox Parish in the Turkana Desert

It’s not every day you see the Gospel spreading to a totally new area of the world, to a culture and a people who have never even heard the name “Jesus.” That’s precisely what’s been happening in a remote region of Kenya, where the Turkana people live. As His Eminence...

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OCMC News: The Gift of Peace and the Spread of Orthodoxy in Northern Uganda

OCMC News: The Gift of Peace and the Spread of Orthodoxy in Northern Uganda

OCMC – In northern Uganda, an area that has been decimated by war and is finally becoming more secure, “every day, everywhere you go, people are waiting to become Orthodox,” says Fr. Emmanuel Oruk. So many people want Orthodoxy in northern districts like Lira, Oyam, and Apad that it is...

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How to Start a Welcoming Committee at Your Church

How to Start a Welcoming Committee at Your Church

Our church had a strange problem: we had a ton of visitors. Many of them would pop in during the liturgy, and then they were gone in a flash when it was time for coffee hour. “Did you see that new family that came today?” We’d overhear other parishioners asking...

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You Are the Face of Orthodoxy

You Are the Face of Orthodoxy

“So, you’re Christian…What type of Christian are you?” I overheard the conversation of some high-school-aged people sitting next to me. “Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic?” he questioned the girl sitting next to him. “I’m not really anything. I’m just Christian,” she answered back. He forgot to mention “Orthodox Christian,” I thought...

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