A Blog Vacation

                Dear Folks, I am taking a blog vacation.  I am using this as an opportunity to attend to other writing projects and to recharge my batteries.  One of my writing Continue Reading
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A Growing Exodus? Words of Encouragement for Hesitant Calvinists

  In response to some families recently leaving his Reformed (CREC) church for the Orthodox Church, Pastor Toby Sumpter recently wrote “The Levite Club.”  In the article he uses strong language to dissuade them from leaving Reformed Christianity Continue Reading
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Evangelicals and Orthodox in Conversation

  Pastor John Armstrong has made it his mission to foster unity and understanding among Christians from different traditions.  To that end he organized a conversation between Evangelicals and Orthodox Christians in a forum in September Continue Reading
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“Orthodox Mama”

  Folks, Wishing you all a happy and blessed Mother's Day! I recently discovered "TheOrthodoxMama.com -- Faith, Family, and Frugal Living" administered by Sarah Wright. She's been happily married 7 years and mother of three. She grew up Continue Reading
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An Early Christian Prayer to Mary

  Many Reformed Christians like Orthodox Christians hold the Virgin Mary in high regard.  That many Reformed Christians are even willing to call her “Theotokos” is not surprising in light of the fact that the Reformed tradition accepts Continue Reading
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The Light of the Resurrection Shines in the Darkness

    There is a story told about Nikolai Bukharin, a Russian Communist leader who actively propagated the message of atheism. One of the most powerful men in the world was Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, a Russian Communist leader, who took Continue Reading
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Holy Saturday and the Harrowing of Hell

  During Holy Week each day has a particular theme, a spiritual lesson for the faithful who attend the services.  As an Orthodox Christian I get much of my theological education not from reading books but from attending the services.  In Continue Reading
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April Fools’ Day

  On April 1, 2015, Tony Arsenal, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary graduate "announced" his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.  See "From Geneva to Constantinople -- The Eastern Orthodox Arsenal."  He writes: As many of you know, I have Continue Reading
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The Triumphal Entry – Palm Sunday

  This year while Protestants and Roman Catholics have already celebrated Palm Sunday, for Orthodox Christians Palm Sunday still lies ahead. Palm Sunday is a familiar event for many Christians but it is a profound multi-layered event that has Continue Reading
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Adoration of the Holy Cross

    This Sunday marks the third Sunday of Lent.  On this Sunday Orthodox Christians celebrate the adoration of the precious and life giving Cross.  At the end of the Divine Liturgy the priest processes around the church carrying Continue Reading
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