Do We Preach Orthodoxy… or Christ?

St. Peter Preaching in the Presence of St. Mark, by Fra Angelico (1433)

In her review of Kyriakos Markides’s Gifts of the Desert, Frederica Mathewes-Green says she had a hard time finding Jesus in the book: Markides’ previous book, “The Mountain of Silence” (2001), was read eagerly by those interested in Orthodox spirituality, chiefly because he had faithfully transcribed taped conversations with a … READ MORE ›

Why did God make him blind?

healing-blind-man

Sunday of the Blind Man, May 20, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Christ is risen! On May 29, 1453, after a fifty-three day siege, the capital of the Roman Empire, the … READ MORE ›

Do Orthodox Christians know the Gospel message?

Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles (14th c.)

(From Wikimedia Commons)

This is a talk I recently gave at the Orthodox Homeschooling Conference. (Listen to the recording here.) This topic has been of great importance to me over the past several years, and I must admit to a little bit of frustration regarding what I describe especially in its opening paragraphs. … READ MORE ›

Lenten Evangelism #7: The High Priest on the Cross

Communion of the Apostles

Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross, March 15, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. The cross which we adore today, the third Sunday of Lent, is most often discussed in … READ MORE ›