Pulpit & Pen: Why Orthodox Christians Should Ignore Them

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Pulpit & Pen is gaining notoriety in Orthodox circles. The website’s criticism of Hank Hanegraaff – and of Orthodoxy in general – are nothing short of shocking. These mocking attacks on Orthodox Christians are an embarrassment to Protestantism. The reception …


The Road To Emmaus And The Eucharist

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This week the Orthodox Church reads the account of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. I’ve listened to many sermons on this topic over the years. But I only understood it after I became an Orthodox Christian. In Luke’s …

S-Town And The Desire To Be Loved

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I just finished listening to the popular podcast S-Town. While it contains adult themes and language, I highly recommend it. For the uninitiated, S-Town is a 7-part presentation by the producers of another hit podcast, Serial. Set in the rural town …

Free Pascha Wallpaper Download

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Pascha is here and Christ is Risen! Christendom is celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unlike last year, the Orthodox Church celebrates on the same day as the West. This won’t happen again for several years, so enjoy …


Hank Hanegraaff Converts To Orthodox Christianity

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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man radio show, entered the Holy Orthodox Church. His chrismation took place on Palm Sunday at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC. UPDATE: On his April 11 broadcast, Hank Hanegraaff addressed …

A Prayer on Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. And I don’t feel particularly holy. Months ago, I had grand plans for Great Lent. I would leap into the fast with a vengeance and slay my dependence on food. I would …

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” …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …