Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Elena Praggastis and her mother Brenda both read Michael Lotti’s new book, St. George and the Dragon. They agreed to read the book separately and write separate reviews, so that we could share with you both parent and teen perspectives on the book.  Here’s Elena’s response to the book. Click...

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In a New York State of Mind

In a New York State of Mind

Jessie Beddoe, one of our teen contributors at OCN, shares the story of a special experience she had during a visit to New York City. What started out as a day of vacation adventure became a chance to explore the deepest instincts of her living faith. Posted by the Orthodox...

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Perspectives: Faith and Science

Perspectives: Faith and Science

Listen carefully as Dr. Stamatis Vokos, who is both a scientist and a man of faith, talks to Fr. Chris about miracles. Faith and science are frequently set at odds in secular culture, but are they really opposites? Is it possible to explore both faith and science deeply, without reservation? Dr....

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Disturbing Legends: Behind the Wisconsin Stabbing

Disturbing Legends: Behind the Wisconsin Stabbing

Just when you think you’ve heard everything, there’s a new story in the news to shock you. One week ago, two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured a friend to the woods and stabbed her 19 times. Miraculously, she survived. When arrested, Geyser and Weier displayed a...

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My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

Usually when people hear the word Orthodox, they either think “Greek” or “Russian,” and some even think Orthodox Jewish. However, my Orthodoxy is known as Serbian Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy itself is the oldest branch of Christianity, and it spread to Serbia from Greece. The Greeks played a great part in converting...

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Be Giving

Be Giving

In this Episode, we discuss how to consider someone who is less fortunate asking us for money on the street. Do we ignore them and assume they are going to use this money for something we don’t agree with, or just give it to them lovingly since they are in...

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The Selfless Selfie

The Selfless Selfie

In this episode, we challenge ourselves to analyze the real reasons we post pictures of ourselves and others. Are we posting this picture for fun, or for social acceptance and to be liked? Our motivation should always be to reveal the true person Christ calls us to be and who...

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“Honey, it’s time to get married!”

“Honey, it’s time to get married!”

For 18 years of my life, my parents have told me that school was my number one priority in life. Personally, I never had a problem with this since school and church were the only things I saw in my life. Relationships and so forth were never of importance to...

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Bright Week

Bright Week

In this episode, Fr. Jason discusses the conclusion of our Lenten journey and the significance of Bright Week. He challenges us to not just abandon the ways we may have grown during Lent, but to incorporate them into our lives permanently. ________________________ Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can...

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Boredom and Sin

Boredom and Sin

We begin this week with Fr. Michael Sorial of Saint Anianus Coptic Orthodox Church in Princeton, NJ, who talks with us about the connection between boredom as a hindrance to spiritual growth. You can hear his sermon on boredom here. Next, hear an interview featuring Fr. Jason Roll, host of...

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