The Modern Myth of Rights and How to Best Love Our Neighbors

When it comes to politicized, controversial, and otherwise binary issues in our world today, should Orthodox Christians pick sides? Or should we look deeper and live in a way that transcends the political divide? Global Warming and Voting Obama For example, whenever I share an interesting article about the climate on social media (whether in favor or opposed to an anthropogenic influence), the share is accompanied by a dizzying array of one-sided, emotionally charged…

Been There, Done That — Homosexuality and Church Tradition

In the wake of recent Supreme Court ruling Obergefell v. Hodges—legalizing same-sex “marriage” in all fifty states—a conversation among Christians regarding both potential consequences and the appropriate response has ensued. There are also conversations taking place between Christians and non-Christians as to the role of faith in the public square as it relates to marriage. Opposition, Not Hatred One dimension of these conversations is the question of how Christians have historically treated homosexuals, and whether or…

The Official Orthodox Christian Position on Marriage Equality

The following statement was released by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) on August 13, 2003. For the sake of anyone unaware of the official, Orthodox stance on same-sex “marriage,” this news release describes the clear and unchanging position. SCOBA Statement on Moral Crisis in Our Nation Wednesday, August 13, 2003 As members of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), representing…

Ecumenism and Christianity Today

Christians confess a belief in one Church in the Nicene Creed. By this, it is believed that Christ founded a single, visible, historical community that is his Church, and he fervently prayed that the Church be one (John 17). If this is the case, why are there many different Christian churches, with a trend towards greater and more varied dissolution as time goes on? Is one of those churches the Church, or is ‘the…

Judas Maccabeus and the Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman means a great deal to me. As an actor, he was one of the finest of his generation, and set a new bar for the acting profession. He worked with some of the greatest directors the industry has ever produced (including many of my personal favorites). And yet, he was a troubled person. There were demons. His life was not complete. Finding him deceased in his New York apartment, the…

60 Minutes: The Coptic Christians of Egypt

Turmoil in Egypt has led to one of the worst persecutions of the country’s Coptic Christians in their nearly 2,000-year history CBS News — Think of Egypt and the first thing that comes to mind is not Christianity. But Egypt is home to the Copts, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, with roots dating back to the time of Christ himself. Back then, the word “Copt” meant, simply, “Egypt”. But after…

The Death of Democracy in the Death of Syria

As the western war machine ramps up for a Syrian assault, one can’t help but wonder if the myth of democracy or a constitutional republic is finally dead in the American consciousness? When the United States led a coalition assault on the nation of Iraq in 2003, it was perhaps one of the most popularly-supported campaigns in American history. Following the tragedy of 9/11, the nation was anxious for revenge, and an…