Modern Trials to Our Ancient Faith: The Challenges to Living Orthodoxy in America

Modern Trials to Our Ancient Faith: The Challenges to Living Orthodoxy in America


“Rules, Rituals and Story – How We Experience and Share our Faith”
If you had a choice between memorizing and learning a bunch of rules to follow, or reading or watching an exciting story, which activity would you pick? Most would choose the latter. Despite our universal love of story, we do not often share our Orthodox Christian faith as a wonderful story, but more often share it as either do’s and don’ts or as information to learn. This week we will explore the story of Christianity, and why it is so important to understand and communicate to both instill morality and virtue, but also truly teach our faith in a way that connects to the longing in our hearts – a longing that self-evident, of all places, in the movie entertainment industry.
Suggested Readings

· Matthew 17:1-13
· Luke 24:13-43
· John 20-11-29
· John 21:1-14
· Titus 2:11-14


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About author

Michael Haldas

Michael Haldas is the author of Sacramental Living: Understanding Christianity as a Way of Life, and Echoes of Truth Christianity in the Lord of the Rings. Michael’s focus is on understanding and applying our faith to everyday living, which supports OCN’s mission to provide material “to provoke discussion and contemplation about the issues we face in daily life.” His work has been featured in Theosis Magazine, The National Herald, Pravmir, and other publications. He is a member of the Orientale Lumen Foundation and the Orthodox Speakers Bureau. He teaches adult religious education at Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Bethesda, Maryland and his classes are Live-streamed through OCN’s Facebook page each Sunday September through June. He has also worked with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Religious Education Department to create educational lessons and materials.