Category Archives: Orthodoxy

Inviting Jesus into her heart

Today, both Latin (Roman Catholic) and Greek (Orthodox) Christians remember the falling asleep of the Mother of God. Using some of the terminology from our revivalist friends, Mary became the very first to accept Jesus as her personal Lord and … Continue reading

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An open letter to Josh Harris, seeker

Dear Josh: I hope I can call you Josh, though we’ve never met and I was way too old in the 90s to get caught up in “purity culture.” (Heck, even my son was a bit too old.) What I … Continue reading

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Sometimes, serendipity!

I blogged just yesterday, on the occasion of his death, about the odd metanarratives of “religion” Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gratuitously spun in some of his religion clause opinions. I acknowledged (boasted?) that nobody else had noticed the … Continue reading

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A soft answer?

We’ve reached a juncture where, I think, most people (even in my part of “flyover land”) know and have friendly relations with gays and lesbians who are remarkably normal. Involved in music and arts, I certainly do, and it has … Continue reading

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An anniversary and a testimonial

Today is the 52nd anniversary of my high school graduation. It might sound odd to remember that, but high school was formative for me because, almost impetuously, my parents and I agreed that I should go to a Christian (specifically … Continue reading

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Bridging, not widening

We Orthodox Christians hear again and again our our services that God is good and loves mankind. But doesn’t every Christian group believe that? I very much doubt that they believe it in the same way — the way illustrated … Continue reading

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All about Christ

When I was in high school, street preachers told me: “The Bible is the word of God. Jesus is the Son of God. And if you accept him as your personal savior, your salvation is 100 percent assured.” It felt … Continue reading

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Betrayal, denial, cowardice

Betrayal, denial, cowardice — but from Christ we hear no blame … Continue reading

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The place for broken souls

Our Orthodox Faith defines sin as an illness that is in need of healing, not as a crime that requires punishment. The Church is a hospital for the soul whose therapists (priests) first sought therapy and then became the therapists. … Continue reading

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What Is It Like to Be a Monk?

A very respectful, even loving, account of a religiously ambiguous (Atheist? He says “not exactly”) philosopher’s brief visit to Mount Athos: I have never seen a church seem so alive. At certain points in the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, it … Continue reading

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