An Orthodox Wedding In The Age of Bridezilla

table at an orthodox wedding

My Orthodox wedding was over two years ago. In that time my wife and I have had the typical ups and downs. We’ve  gone through the loss of a child together. Through it all, we have leaned on each other …

Witness To an Orthodox Chrismation

an orthodox chrismation

My Orthodox Chrismation and reception into the Church was just over two years ago. On Palm Sunday I was witness to another Chrismation, as we received another member into the Church. A young man began attending services several months ago, …

Getting the Right Medicine in Confession

getting the right medicine

Getting the right medicine for what ails you involves understanding the ailment itself. Giving your doctor all the details of your symptoms helps in making the right diagnosis. It makes no sense to lie to your doctor about your symptoms. …

Have No Further Concern For Your Sins

have no further concern for your sins

I’m getting a little better at confession. I’m not as good at forgetting my sins. I try not to hold onto my sins after confession. And I do think I’m getting better at letting go each time I confess. But …

Forgiveness Sunday And Getting It Right

Forgiveness Sunday is the final Sunday before Great Lent. It’s also Cheesefare, after which Orthodox Christians abstain from dairy for the length of the fast. After the Divine Liturgy today, we ate macaroni and cheese, blintzes and various dips. It …

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Do You Want To Be Orthodox?

learning to be orthodox

One of my favorite films is Martin Scorcese’s The Departed. It’s a thriller about an undercover cop sent to infiltrate the Irish mafia. His mission is to uncover a mole inside the Boston police department. There’s a line in the …

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An Anniversary Letter To My Readers

anniversary

Today is my anniversary, and it’s long past time I wrote to you once again. Two years ago on the day I publish this, my wife and I were received into the Orthodox Church. On the same day, we were married. …

On Being Unworthy To Serve

unworthy to serve

When I post something on this site, I am writing to you. Some of you are baptized Orthodox Christians. Others are considering Orthodoxy, or merely curious about a faith all but unknown in America. But I try to consider what …

The Panikhida: Prayers For The Departed

the panikhida offers prayers for the departed

Recently our church offered prayers for the departed. A long time member of our parish passed away, and on the evening before his funeral, we held a a panikhida. Our small parish more or less split down the middle on …

Was Hurricane Irma A Punishment From God?

hurricane irma

Hurricane Irma unleashed its fury on the topics and Florida. The storm destroyed homes and upended lives. People across the state are without power and dealing with flooding. Off the southern coast of the state, the destruction is even worse. …

Solar Eclipse Mobile Wallpaper Download

solar eclipse mobile lockscreen

A solar eclipse is passing across the Earth later today. I’ve seen far too many posts on social media about its meaning and its relation to the End Times. God has a plan for this universe and all that is …

Confession: Getting Rid Of The Clutter

confession is a wiping clean of our clutter

I have a confession to make. The clutter on my nightstand is taking over my life. When I make a purchase I save the receipt and enter it into an app that keeps track of my spending. Then I compare …

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Martyrdom In The Age Of Facebook

martyrdom in the modern age

“I no longer fear martyrdom.” These were the first words to appear on this website. I wrote this not long after my conversion to Orthodox Christianity when I was full of zeal and eager to share my new faith. The …

People Are Not Problems To Be Solved

people are not problems to be solved

“People are not problems to be solved.” It had been a rough Sunday morning. As you’ve heard me say again and again, getting my daughter ready for church can sometimes be a challenge. It’s a test that I tend to …

Win A Legacy Icons Gift Certificate

one of my subscribers will win a legacy icons gift certificate

I’m giving away a Legacy Icons gift certificate, and all you have to do is sign up. My subscribers already get free stuff all the time. In addition to email updates, they get access to a growing collection of goodies. …

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Orthodox Evangelism: Using Words Only If Necessary

orthodox evangelism

Orthodox evangelism is something I believe will become more common in America as more people seek out the ancient church. More converts will take the lessons they have learned elsewhere and apply them to Orthodoxy, for better or worse. So …

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Hate Organized Religion? Here Are 5 Reasons You Should Love It

we need organized religion

” I hate organized religion.” At one time I shared that sentiment. When I was an Evangelical Christian attending a Pentecostal church, organization was not a priority. I wanted a “move of the Spirit,” not stodgy, dead religion. But eventually I …

Icon: A Novel – An Interview with Author Georgia Briggs

icon: a novel is a new work of fiction for orthodox youths

Icon: A Novel is a new work by Georgia Briggs, and my daughter loves it. The book is a young adult novel focusing on Euphrosyne, an Orthodox girl living in a post-Christian America. Icon: A Novel is receiving rave reviews from …

The Orthodox Church is a hospital

the orthodox church is a hospital

The Orthodox Church is a hospital for a suffering world. Orthodoxy understands salvation to be a process of healing and drawing nearer to God. Attending the Divine Liturgy is like going to the hospital, not going to the courthouse. There is healing …