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. …

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

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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 …