Have you Ever Googled: The Story of the Nativity

Google:  The Story of the Nativity.  This is the way some digital natives understand the Story of the Nativity. The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops. OCN offers videos, podcasts, blogs and music, to enhance Orthodox Christian life.  You can also listen to...

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Russian Orthodox Leaders Object to Award-Winning Film “Leviathan,” Call for Creation of “Orthodox Hollywood”

Russian Orthodox Leaders Object to Award-Winning Film “Leviathan,” Call for Creation of “Orthodox Hollywood”

“Leviathan,” a Russian film which is a modern-day retelling of the story of Job, has received international critical acclaim, winning the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film on January 11, and receiving a nomination for an Oscar in the “Best Foreign Film” category. The movie also garnered the prestigious Best...

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Archbishop Demetrios Reflects on “Selma”

Archbishop Demetrios Reflects on “Selma”

The new film “Selma” reminds us of a critical part of American history, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lead the civil rights movement in the direction of a peaceful protest against civil injustice in Alabama. The world has seen the March 26, 1965 cover of LIFE Magazine featuring His...

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App Makes ‘Eye of Sauron’ Appear in Moscow

App Makes ‘Eye of Sauron’ Appear in Moscow

Proposals to place an “Eye of Sauron” in the Moscow business district were scuttled after protests from various groups, including the Russian Orthodox Church. But a Russian company called GiveAR has created an app that allows users to see the controversial image for themselves. See the video above for a...

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Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Above: “Richard Donner’s Krypton from Superman: The Movie, 1978.” “Man of Steel” was released to huge box office last year, but received mixed reviews, admittedly, and yet, every indication from Warner Bros. was that the Zack Snyder/Henry Cavill team’s entry successfully realized the studio’s goals for the film – revitalize...

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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them twice and anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, parents beware! Jolly old St. Nick served time in prison. I’m not kidding!...

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Stephan Robinson and the Three Wise Men

Stephan Robinson and the Three Wise Men

In this episode, Chris Vlahonasios interviews Orthodox filmmaker Stephan Robinson, whose short video pitching a film about the Three Wise Men is currently in an online contest. Stephan Robinson’s pitch presents that story in a “reboot” format, retelling it as a search that three computers coders are making, searching for...

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“Man of Steel, Man of Faith?” – Part 1

“Man of Steel, Man of Faith?” – Part 1

I was never that kid. I was never that kid who wore Superman pajamas to bed or a big red cape draped over his shoulders when he went with his mom to the grocery store. I never jumped off the top bunk in an effort to fly, never tried punching my...

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Religion News: Atheists Tweet More Often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, Study Shows

Religion News: Atheists Tweet More Often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, Study Shows

By Kimberly Winston A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members of a different one. The study examined people whose Twitter profiles identified them as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and atheist. And while...

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I Wish We’d All Been…Smarter

I Wish We’d All Been…Smarter

Aging Jesus People like me will remember singer Larry Norman, one of whose songs became something of an anthem in those heady days of Jesus People enthusiasm and anticipation of the imminent return of Christ: “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”. The first verse and chorus ran: “Life was filled...

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