Pascha: Indeed He Is Risen

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Orthodox Christians held their Easter celebration this past weekend, much later than the rest of Christendom. Rather than a lot of description and detail, I wanted to give some impressions of my first Pascha. If you’d like a detailed account …

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Holy Week: This Too Shall Pass

Holy Week begins with Pam Sunday

Holy Week has begun for the Orthodox Church, and our Palm Sunday started with a big fight. Our daughter decided it was the perfect time for a complete meltdown just as we were ready to leave for church, and the …

Confession: You Are Not Your Sins

I went to confession in preparation for next week’s Holy Week services. Confession is difficult for anyone, but coming from a Protestant background adds another level of anxiety. I don’t want to use this post to discuss the justification for …

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Why I Converted To Orthodoxy – Part 7

In case you missed it, here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 and Part 6. After a lifetime as a Bible-believing Baptist and a decade of trying to be a Pentecostal Christian, and after …

The Great Fast: A Progress Report

Orthodox Christians are just over halfway through the Great Fast. It is a time of increased prayer, study, helping those less fortunate and yes, fasting. I’ve talked previously about my struggles with fasting. Many of you were kind enough to …

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Encountering The Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

Saint Anna

I believe things are ordered in ways that we do not comprehend, which is why our encounter with St. Anna was so special. A planned weekend trip nearly fell through when my wife became ill and in need of rest. She managed to …

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Your Journey Is Not Their Journey

I’ve talked to several couples who converted to Orthodoxy. In most cases the man began the journey first, with his partner coming after. It makes sense. Men tend to strike out on a journey headlong, not counting the cost or …

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Prayer Of The Departed

My road to Orthodoxy has led me through territory I didn’t really want to visit. It has forced me to deal with the fact that Orthodox Christians ask for intercessory prayer not just from the living but from the dead. …

The Orthodox Song

At the risk of alienating everyone that has read and enjoyed this site so far, I offer a little song I wrote for my Orthodox friends who didn’t get to celebrate western Easter this past weekend. It’s to the tune …

Was Christ Merely A Human Sacrifice?

A happy and blessed Good Friday to my Protestant and Catholic friends; Christ is risen! Orthodox Christians are in the middle of Great Lent, a period of increased fasting, praying and helping the poor. This culminates in Great and Holy …

Theosis: Christ Is Not Our Stepfather

My daughter had a softball game last night. Her first year in team sports has already been a wild ride. She makes mistakes and good plays in equal measure. She forgets the rules but remembers all the cheers in the …

Why I Converted To Orthodoxy – Part 6

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In case you missed it, here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. My first visit to an Orthodox Christian church was done in order to check an item off of a list. When my …

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It’s Not About The Prayer Book

A prayer book arrived in my mailbox last week. It’s very much like the other prayer book I bought last year for my daughter, and contains the same prayers that are in the mobile app I use for most of …

I Needed Light, And There Was Light

I was told there would be more light after we set our clocks forward this past weekend. But when I rise from bed in the morning, it’s still very dark. And I don’t like it. I need the light. In …

Why I Converted to Orthodoxy – Part 5

In case you missed it, here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Southern barbecue takes time. Five hours on the coals is a quick smoke, so you have plenty of time to kill. This is the …

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. …