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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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …