The Problem Of Pain Is No Problem At All

Christians have long been asked to wrestle with the Problem of Pain. Orthodoxy is teaching me that my pain serves a purpose. I’m tired this morning. My allergies are giving me fits. My body aches and I was sore when I …

John Stamos And The Jesus Prayer

My wife and daughter are watching Fuller House. The show is a Netflix-only update of the ’90s sitcom Full House. With most of the original cast signed on, it’s a silly, simplistic throwback. My wife loved the show in her …

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Why I Converted To Orthodoxy – Part 4

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In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here, Part 2 is here, and Part 3 is here. I reached the heights and the depths of my experience with the Prosperity Gospel within the space of a few …

Archbishop Dimitri: A New Saint In Dallas

Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas, who died in 2011, was disinterred on March 4 to be transferred to a new tomb prepared for him in St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas. The opening of his coffin revealed something amazing. Author Rod …

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Fasting To Focus, Or Focusing On The Fast?

I don’t remember the last time I actually felt real hunger. The other day I didn’t have time for a decent breakfast before rushing out the door to work. So I grabbed a protein bar and munched on the way. …

If I Do Not Have Love

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My daughter has started singing in the church choir. And I had nothing to do with it. My fiancee, her daughter and I were all received into the Church on the feast of St. Stephen. Immediately after that, we were joined …

Why I Converted To Orthodoxy – Part 3

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here, and Part 2 is here. I took a Catholic to a Franklin Graham crusade, and a geologist to a lecture by a young-earth creationist. But let me back up. …

The Prodigal And The Road Back

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This past Sunday before church, I looked up the word ‘prodigal’ because I realized I didn’t actually know what it meant. I’m a real wordsmith, people. “Spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant” was the result. The story …

I’m Trying Not To Think About Africa

I don’t want to think about Africa. My schedule is full, from work to family activities to church and everything in between. My prayers are full of pleas to God to kill my pride, to bless my family, to strengthen …

Why I Converted To Orthodoxy Part 2: Robert Novak

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here. Robert Novak’s conversion to Catholicism disturbed something inside me. Like many young people I became politically aware in college. Unlike many my age, I latched onto Reagan conservatism just …

How To Improve Your Marriage With One Step

I found out How To Improve Your Marriage With One Step

Husbands, do you want to know how to improve your marriage? Do you want to get the most out of your relationship with your wife? Do what I did. I made my bed. Not the world-changing marriage advice you expected. …

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The Great Fast: I’m Doing It Wrong

Orthodox Christians are preparing for Lent, sometimes called the Great Fast. Our Catholic brethren are already there. And our Protestant cousins are still a ways out from celebrating Easter. The upcoming Lent will be the second one I’ve been through, …

What Happened To Me? I Found Orthodoxy

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There are people who knew me long before I found Orthodoxy that have been reading these posts. They grew up with me, went to school with me and worked with me. They know that I went kicking and screaming into …

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Are You A Publican, A Pharisee Or Both?

I’m a Publican. But I’m also a Pharisee. And you are too. Here’s a quick refresher of the parable that Orthodox Christians commemorate on February 20: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and …

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Why I Converted To Orthodoxy – Part 1

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Becoming an Orthodox Christian is no small matter in the first place. Coming to Orthodoxy from a Southern Baptist background can cause friends and relatives to look sideways and wonder what has gotten into you. In my case, everyone has …

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Should Orthodox Converts Evangelize?

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Do all Orthodox converts fall into the trap of bringing their Protestant zeal to evangelize with them? Or is it just me? Finding Orthodoxy has been a revelation to me, and it’s something that has given me joy, an increasing …

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Thomas Hopko: A Prayer Primer

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Someone who is investigating Orthodox Christianity will soon encounter the words of Father Thomas Hopko, a priest and theologian who left this world in 2015. Fr. Hopko was a beloved teacher and apologist for the faith. His lectures and commentaries on …

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I No Longer Fear Martyrdom

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“I came to Orthodoxy because I wanted to be part of a faith that would prepare me for martyrdom.” The words hit me like a gunshot. I had only just begun to explore the Orthodox Church and this bold declaration …