Getting Through Lent: A Mid-Way Report

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Great Lent is at about the halfway point. How are you doing? Is getting through Lent a chore or a pleasure? I previously provided some tips on getting through Lent without going crazy. But I do realize that “getting through” …

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The Sunday of The Triumph of Orthodoxy

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The first Sunday of Lent is the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. On this Sunday we commemorate the restoration of the use of icons in the Church after the iconoclasm of the Byzantine Empire. This restoration was confirmed at the Seventh Ecumenical …

Free Wallpaper Download For Great Lent

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Most of my small audience are, I assume, Orthodox Christian. To you who are, I hope you began Great Lent well with Forgiveness Sunday. I ask each of you to forgive me for anything I have written that may have …

5 Ways To Get Through Great Lent Without Going Crazy

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Orthodox Christians are entering the Lenten season. With that comes a time of increased prayer, giving, and fasting. If you’re like me, you struggle with how to get through Great Lent. I know my tendency to focus on the food …

5 Reasons I’m Glad I Was Raised Southern Baptist

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I was raised Southern Baptist, and steeped in that culture from the time I was old enough to go to church. I’m no longer Baptist, or any other type of Protestant. But I remain a product of that upbringing, in ways …

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4 Ways Orthodox Christians Can Change America

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The election of Donald Trump has exposed a raw nerve in American politics. Supporters cheer the furious pace of his first week as president. Opponents scream in the streets that we have become a fascist dictatorship overnight.   What is …

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William Peter Blatty And The Good Among Evil

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William Peter Blatty passed away and I never took the chance to thank him. Blatty became internationally famous with the publication of The Exorcist. The film based on the novel was a cultural phenomenon, and is among the scariest movies …

Finding The Tomb of Jesus

The tomb of Jesus and the church sitting atop it helped me find true Christianity. In late 2016, researchers gained access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. They uncovered the limestone slab where Jesus body lay after …

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Chirrut Imwe: A New Hope From An Ancient Practice

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Chirrut Imwe, a character in the new Star Wars film, has a lesson to teach us about mystical prayer. This week my family saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’s a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon. It’s also …

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The Rise Of Christian Martyrdom

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Christian martyrdom is not something Americans give much thought to in their daily lives. Despite our secular culture, we still live in a nominally Christian nation. There is no real persecution of Christians in America. We can still attend the …

St. Stephen, The Icon Of Our Family

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We commemorate St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, on December 27. My wife and I will celebrate our first wedding anniversary on this day. My family also mark the anniversary of our conversion to Orthodox Christianity. I had little idea who …

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On Losing A Child And Finding Our Faith

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Losing a child is one of the worst things a human being can experience. The sense of loss and helplessness leave a scar on the heart that never truly heals. It was only a few months ago that I announced …

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Mary Did You Know? (Of Course She Did)

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Like any good Evangelical, I was moved to tears the first time I heard the song Mary Did You Know? Mark Lowry’s take on the Annunciation is a modern Christmas classic, covered by a who’s who of popular music. The lyrics present …

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Sinful Pride: An Orthodox Christian Comes Home

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Sinful pride reared its head in my life this Thanksgiving. My wife and I went home for the holiday. It was the first time we traveled to Alabama in nearly a year. We were a newly-minted Orthodox, newly-married couple the …

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President Donald Trump: An Orthodox Christian Reaction

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Donald Trump was elected President of the United States after a bitter, nasty campaign season. We saw the worst of ourselves as a nation reflected in the two major party nominees. It was a nasty denouement to a year filled …

The Orthodox Blog And Media Evangelism

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In a recent post on his Orthodox blog Roads from Emmaus, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick tells of a marketing call from a distributor of Christian-themed media content. The caller made no allowance for the distinct difference in Orthodox Christianity and other …

Jack Chick: This Was Your Life

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Jack Chick scared the Hell out of me. Or at least he tried to. The California-born cartoonist died this week at the age of 92. Chick gained fame through the publication of Christian-themed cartoon tracts that were distributed throughout the …

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The Parable Of The Sower And Preparing The Soil

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We heard the Parable of the Sower this week in the Divine Liturgy, which is customary on the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Second Ecumenical Council. Despite having heard this parable many times before, this time I got …

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Politics: A Distraction From The Real Enemy

When I was younger I worked in party politics, and chaired a Young Republicans club. I listened to talk radio and read political journals. I fantasized of one day seeking political office. Soon I became the editor of a newsletter for …