How I (Almost) Failed at Youth Ministry

There is no perfect model for youth ministry. But many lessons can only come with experience.

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits: What We Can All Learn From the 12 Steps

Not everyone is an addict, but everyone does struggle in some way with sin and bad habits. Here is Part 1 in a series on what everyone can learn from the 12 Steps of recovery from addiction.

Taylor Swift, Ryan Adams, and the Cross of Christ - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Perhaps the Church can learn from Ryan Adams, whose cover of Taylor Swift’s "1989" reveals how sometimes we all can hide our deepest and truest experiences of hurt and longing behind...

Decisions Aren't Always Yours to Make

When you can’t make your own decisions, what can you do?

Beauty, Harmony, and How Fleet Foxes Guides the Heart: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

The music of the Fleet Foxes is beautiful, and it matters because all beauty comes from God. Maybe as we enjoy such music, our hearts are directed toward the Lord's good things.

Holding Space for Family

It’s 5:30 pm—almost dinner time in the home of the Chronos family. Mrs. Chronos has arrived home from work and frantically begins to pull something together for the evening meal. As she is...

World Press Freedom Day

Christos Anesti! While many Orthodox Christians around the world recently celebrated Pascha, few of us are aware of another commemoration. On May 3rd, the international community honored...

The Highs and Lows of Growing Up

As best I can tell, there are two major challenges to becoming an adult. The first is wanting to be simultaneously older and younger, yet present in the time that I’m in.

3 Things LOST Taught Me: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

It has been 6 years since LOST went off the air, but it has lingered in the hearts of some (not all) fans. Like most stories, LOST has some valuable insights to offer us on what it means to be...

Three Critical Steps to Shape Real Ministry

How can we improve the ministry work we do for youth and young adults? Here are three basic principles that can help us spot (and shape) real ministry.

Understanding Life After Death

After we have lost someone, it’s natural to wonder what happens to them after death. Where does the soul go, and what is heaven like? So let’s reflect on an Orthodox understanding of life after death.

From Lesbos to Crete: The Orthodox Church and It’s Commitment to the World

by V. Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides In just a few hours, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew—the religious leaders of the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox...

"Be the Bee" Retreats on Track to Surpass 1,000 Participants in 2015-16

Be the Bee retreats are attracting huge crowds. But what makes this remarkable isn't simply the numbers: it's the reason people are coming.

How to Handle Sadness and Grief

Everyone faces sadness and grief. But Christians are called to handle them differently in light of the Gospel. Here’s a reflection on how we can navigate these unpopular feelings.

Why Supporting Doubt Helps Develop Faith

New research indicates that doubt is the single biggest factor leading young people away from the Church. Yet the problem isn't really their doubt: it's our flawed response to it.

New Blog Series: Pop Culture Espresso Shots!

Imaginary worlds and impossible stories can prepare our hearts to see the reality of the Kingdom and the seemingly impossible victory of Christ over sin and death.

Three Common Misconceptions about Confession

Many wonder if repentance alone is enough and if it’s really necessary to go to Confession. Here are some reasons why Confession matters.

Website Costs - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Having a website these days is a must, and the costs associated with having one can vary. I'd like for us to consider the good, the bad, and the ugly of website ownership, ranging from the...

The Church is a Symphony

The other evening I went to the symphony. While enjoying the music immensely (an all Beethoven program), I was also enjoying watching the conductor. He was quite animated, looking at the different...

The Vast World Wide Web: Will People Find Your Parish Online?

The web is not the only way to reach people, but it is one of the biggest and fastest growing. Technology can never replace the human connection - the face to face conversation, the caring...

Three Ways to Spot Authentic Forgiveness

It can be hard for us to forgive others, but forgiveness is vital to the Christian life. Here are three ways to spot authentic forgiveness.

Boundaries: Healthy Limits or Barriers to Relationships?

Boundaries are an important aspect of our lives. Here are some things to reflect on to improve your relationships with others.

Three Steps For Success in Making a Difficult Decision

Young people make a lot of important decisions about their lives from their teens through their 20s. The Old Testament book of 2 Maccabees teaches us the steps we should take if we want to make the...

A Beacon of Hope, #NunsAgainstTrafficking

A Beacon of Hope, #NunsAgainstTrafficking     Human trafficking and modern day slavery are words often heard, yet seldom understood. It is a topic that makes many of us...

The Final Countdown and the Final Judgment - Meatfare Sunday

When we serve those in need, who are really serving? Others or ourselves? This Sunday Christ calls us to repent of ourselves as we head into Great Lent.
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