Talking about Salvation in South Carolina

On Monday February 5 I will be flying to South Carolina to spend the following week and weekend with the good Orthodox people of South Carolina and Georgia and giving talks at Furman University and in the local parishes about the Orthodox understanding of soteriology.  The main talk will bear the provocative title, “Who Goes to Hell?” (their choice of title), with subsequent addresses expounding the Orthodox understanding of faith and what it means to live a life of faith in America today.  Because of this I will be away from computer access and therefore unable to post any comments offered on my blog here until my return.  You are invited to join me for these talks if you are in the area and to pray for me even if you are not.  The American South is a long way from my home and native land here in the Vancouver area, and I am not entirely convinced that man was meant to fly.  Thank you for your prayers!


  1. Man CAN fly in jets, and we will all pray for a safe, relaxed journey for you. As a Southerner (Oklahoma, Tennessee), I can assure you that “Who Goes to Hell?” is indeed a provocative title. Our Southern brethren need to hear the Orthodox truth! Preach it, Brother! Or, more correctly, God bless your talk(s), Father.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement and good thoughts. I have flown across the country to Toronto many times in the last three years to visit my father, but this trek involves changing planes a number of times, which always challenges my ever-fragile opinion that we were meant to fly. I will take comfort in your prayers as I ascend. And especially if we encounter turbulence. I have always considered that air turbulence was the angels’ way of saying, “Are you sure you want to be up this high?”

      1. ” I have always considered that air turbulence was the angels’ way of saying, “Are you sure you want to be up this high?”
        But Father, what better company to be in ?!! May they bear you up!
        Praying for you, and many blessings with the talks. Hope to hear about them when you get back.

      2. Fr. Lawrence, since flying is statistically much safer than driving, I wonder if God meant us to drive 🙂 Since I now live in Germany, are there plans to post your talk on the web? I would very much like to hear it.

        1. FWIW, I’m nervous driving a car on the highway as well!–but that is because I am effectively blind in my right eye, so it is less irrational a fear than my fear during air turbulence. I think plans are afoot to have the talks available through Ancient Faith, both the main talk given at Furman University and two more shorter addresses given as part of a weekend parish retreat in Mt. Pleasant/ Charleston.

    2. Fr. Lawrence,
      Looking forward to hearing you speak at Furman University on Tuesday. I am sure God’s Spirit has something GREAT in store for us that evening.

      1. Yes, your presentation was GREAT!

        Many folks attended and based on the questions they raised at the close of your talk, you more than “peaked” their interest. (smile).

        1. Thank you! I was surprised and gratified at finding the place filled with a number turned away through lack of space. And thank you again for your very kind response at our brief meeting afterward.

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