10 Ways for Young People to Stay Spiritually Engaged During Summer

10 Ways for Young People to Stay Spiritually Engaged During Summer

We all know it can be hard to do stay spiritually engaged with our faith when we just want to be outside enjoying the sun and relaxing. However, as your parish priest probably tells you every summer, God never takes a vacation. Here are 10 easy ways for young people...

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Navigating Youth Engagement in Digital Media

Navigating Youth Engagement in Digital Media

This was delivered at The International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care organized under the High Auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece  Navigating Youth Engagement In Digital Media Where are they? Where is my generation? Why aren’t they sitting next to us in...

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Do Squirrels Know More About Finance Than You?

Do Squirrels Know More About Finance Than You?

I had a staring contest the other day with a squirrel that was blocking the path to my driveway as I walked to my car. It was a curious stand-off. First, I thought I was looking at a little stone garden statue whose creator caught a perfect image of a...

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The Selfless Nature of Love

The Selfless Nature of Love

What does Christianity look like? That’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years as I’ve encountered groups/churches/cults all purporting to teach true Christianity. I’ve heard those who want to implement the Old Testament laws as the law of the land, a sort of ‘Christian’ Sharia law. I’ve met those...

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Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 2

Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 2

Part 2 of 3 Sex and Sexuality At the time of his creation, the name Adam was used as a generic name and was not meant to designate any specific sex, but only describing the matter from which it was taken. (See the word play in Hebrew between אדם (Adam)...

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What’s So Wrong About Peace, Love, and Understanding?

What’s So Wrong About Peace, Love, and Understanding?

“Of all religions, the Christian should…inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.” (Voltaire) Bullying is an anti-social behavior that targets the “weak” and “not so cool.” For the first time in a long time, bullying is considered a serious societal problem....

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Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Roughly six months before we celebrate the nativity of Christ, our Church honors the coming of one of his most precious companions, the Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist. John’s conception in itself was miraculous, an event that could have never occurred in the absence of divine intervention. Born...

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Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 1

Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 1

*This article is part 1 in a series of 3.  Before we start discussing anything, we have to recognize that there is a difference, an enormous difference, between the state of Creation before the Fall and after the Fall. We also have to acknowledge that we only know, through our...

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An Open Letter to First-Generation Dads on Fathers’ Day

An Open Letter to First-Generation Dads on Fathers’ Day

There are fathers and then there are dads, am I right? I have had the great fortune of having both wonderful fathers and dads in my life—fathers who lovingly brought children into the world and dads who diligently saw it through and continue to do so. For us, Fathers’ Day...

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Take Up and Read

Take Up and Read

Perhaps one of the most memorable verses in the New Testament comes from the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel, “ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.” (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was...

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Kenya: Stories from the Mission Field

Kenya: Stories from the Mission Field

In the spirit of Pentecost and the commission of Christ to the Apostles to go and preach to all nations, I have been reading an interesting book about the experiences of some young people during their mission trips to Kenya. The book is called Kenya: Stories from the Mission Field,...

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Leaving Home—And Leaving the Faith?

Leaving Home—And Leaving the Faith?

Are the kids off to college? Or simply moving out on their own? Do they know what they’re getting into? Do you know what they’re getting into? Would you knowingly send your children off to scuba dive with empty air tanks? The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving together Belief and Behavior...

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