February: Christianity and Culture

February: Christianity and Culture

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me…. For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own...

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Recently I came across a news story that had everything: patriarchal men facing off against earnest feminists who were protesting male oppression and church traditionalism. The story had liberated sexuality, violence, and people screaming in frustration who couldn’t take it any more. It...

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I Dare You to Say “Merry Christmas!”

I Dare You to Say “Merry Christmas!”

“And, four dollars and seventy three cents is your change.” The grocery checker handed me my money and receipt. “Merry Christmas” I said, looking him in the eyes and smiling. He stared at me and said nothing. “I don’t think he heard you,” my daughter said. But strangely, it happened...

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Keeping Our Kids Christian

Keeping Our Kids Christian

Nothing helps foster humility like parenthood.  New furniture may come out of the box from Ikea with a set of assembly instructions for clueless people like myself, but children do not come out of their mommy with a set of instructions.  Too bad.  Because sooner rather than later, all parents...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

What are you, kidding me with this? All right, I don’t want to sound like a grump or anything, but when I was growing up, the holidays made a lot more sense. And we knew when they were supposed to begin. Halloween wasn’t that big a deal, Thanksgiving had more...

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13 Facebook Sins You Might Need to Confess

13 Facebook Sins You Might Need to Confess

With over 500 million active users, and 50% of people logging in on a daily basis, Facebook is a way of life for most of us. As a regular Facebook user myself, I enjoy reading my friends’ and family’s status updates. I like staying in touch with what’s happening in...

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Body Image: Plastic Surgery to Piercings

Body Image: Plastic Surgery to Piercings

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/OTTO/OTTO_2013/OTTO_131011.mp3 The modern world is obsessed with a shallow view of beauty. On Orthodox Teen Talk Online, listen in as Fr. Chris and co-host Emmy Louvaris and a group of young people discuss body image relating to plastic surgery, piercings, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. ABOUT THE ORTHODOX...

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Do You Need Jesus As Much As Grandma Did?

Do You Need Jesus As Much As Grandma Did?

As we ponder the frenetic monotony of modern times, we hear in Theologically Thinking from Fr. Chris Makiej who asks “Did Grandma Need Jesus More Than You?”

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Marshmallows, Delayed Gratification, and the Kingdom of Heaven

Marshmallows, Delayed Gratification, and the Kingdom of Heaven

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though the outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not...

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Feast of the Holy Cross 2013

Feast of the Holy Cross 2013

Apolytikion of the Holy Cross Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross. Kontakion of the Holy Cross Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that...

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