Posts about secular culture

The Sounding

Ancient Christianity Confronts Death and Halloween

I remember well walking the streets of our cozy steel-mill suburb of Pittsburgh with our two- and four-year-old sons in a wagon, flanked by our neighbors…

Oct 18, 2014
The Sounding

Houston, We Have a Problem

From my happy home safely north of the forty-ninth parallel, I regularly receive news from my American brothers and sisters down south, and most of it…

Oct 15, 2014
The Sounding

Leaving the Church

I was recently asked to reflect on the question, “Why do people leave the church?”, a question which was inspired by an article in the Christian Post….

Sep 18, 2014
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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 1

It is interesting to observe the increasing interest in spiritual life among many people around the world. Many people are seeking a personal experience…

Sep 17, 2014
The Sounding

Conversations with Abba Isaac: A Culture of Condemnation

We live in a culture of condemnation. We make ourselves champions of moral, political, and religious issues. We divide ourselves along political lines,…

Sep 12, 2014
OCN Responds

The Culture of Lying

Does anyone tell the truth any more? People are so brazen with lying these days they call press conferences to tell their lies. The results of lying can…

Sep 09, 2014
The Sounding

Historical Contradictions? Not So Fast

The Huffington Post, it seems, can always be relied upon to provide fodder for sceptics looking for a stick with which to beat the Christians. They are,…

Sep 09, 2014
The Sounding

Remembering September 11

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. On this Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our church brings to mind for…

Sep 07, 2014
The Sounding

Secret Agents for Byzantium

Party like it’s 7523. That’s Etos Kosmou, time of the cosmos, on the Byzantine New Year, Sept. 1, also the start of the ecclesiastical year for the…

Sep 07, 2014
The Sounding

Did Jesus Ever Really Exist?

I used to be of the opinion that for really far-out whacky stuff, you couldn’t beat Jerry Springer. You all know Jerry Springer—he was the showman…

Sep 03, 2014