Building Community in Orthodox Parishes

Building Community in Orthodox Parishes

The latest Pew research has shown no abatement in the decline of American church affiliation. This, together with the continuing growth of the “nones,” is inspiring much discussion across the Internet. Catholic family therapist Dr. Greg Popcak has tied this together with further research in a recent blog post, showing that this decline is closely linked to the breakdown of family structure, and with the failure of the church to be a home to those whose family homes are broken. Lost … MORE ›

The Good News and the Life of the Kingdom

The Good News and the Life of the Kingdom

What is the difference between the life of the Church and the Gospel message? Between the Mysteries of our faith and the good news of Jesus Christ? Are they identical, or should distinctions be made? The King and the Kingdom As Orthodox Christians, we are blessed with an immense heritage. From the central tenets of holy tradition to the various customs of nations that have over the centuries been grafted onto the vine of Christ’s holy Body, there is no shortage of things … MORE ›

How to Read the Bible and Divide the Church

How to Read the Bible and Divide the Church

How can we know the original context of the Bible? For many Christians today, this is a question at the heart of what it means to even be a follower of Christ. Discerning the correct interpretations of scripture from the incorrect; the exegesis from the eisegesis; the quality commentaries from the rubbish. But are these the right questions to be asking? And can we even know the answers? Context Abhors a Vacuum I’ve participated in several different Bible study groups in my lifetime. Some … MORE ›

In Search of a Mother

In Search of a Mother

The following is a reflection written ca. 2005 during my journey to Orthodoxy. He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the Church for his mother. —St. Cyprian of Carthage Am I all so childish, so very naive and co-dependent, to feel as though knowing my Father is incomplete without being held in the nurture of my mother? My Father is the one whose voice I hear, in whom I have both been given and have … MORE ›