Talking is Important: The Formation of the United Nations

The United Nations began operating 71 years ago today, following the second of two world wars that killed up to 100 million people around the globe. As those conflicts dwindle further and...

On Raising Children

What is it that we, as a community of faith, want for our children?  This seemingly simple question is riddled with complexity.  The social environment allures us with a carnival of...

Grappling with Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering are part of our experience in this world. Here are some ways Orthodox Christians make sense of it all.

Finding Ourselves Within Tradition - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Often, we try to "be ourselves" by being one-of-a-kind, but perhaps finding ourselves has more to do with losing ourselves within the tradition of those who have come before us.

Let's Stop Chasing Skinny

Your worldview should not be shaped by the words “fat” and “skinny” and what you see on social media. Your worldview should be shaped by Jesus Christ.

Health and Literacy: An Often Overlooked Connection That Impacts Lives

  2016 marks the celebration of two important milestones: the 50th anniversary of World Literacy Day and the implementation of a new United Nations agenda, the 2030 Sustainable...

The Church in the Home

“Father, my teenager is losing interest in Sunday School and in the Church,” a parent comments with obvious frustration. “What can I do?” Her concern is prompted following a sermon on John...

Being in the World but Not of the World

It can be hard to balance our identity as Orthodox Christians and as members of our society. What does it look like when we are living in the world but aren’t of the world?

Longing for the Right Thing - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

God has given us a natural capacity for desire, meant to be directed toward Him. But is it possible that this "holy longing" might be directed toward the wrong ends?

We Are One: Acknowledging the Value of All Lives in Creating a Single Body of Christ

There has been a dramatic shift in the life expectancy rates during the past fifty year in most countries around the world. With advances in science, medicine and technology, the change can...

The Road to Salvation is Full of Honest Criticisms

“You’re wrong,” “you don’t know me well enough,” and “I don’t care what you think” are all things that I’ve said far too often, and things that I don’t want to say anymore.

Commemorating Peace

Certain “Hallmark holidays,” when you think about them, have subjects that really should be commemorated more often. Holidays like Mother’s Day and National Doughnut Day make me wonder why we...

Why I’m an Orthodox Christian

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why am I an Orthodox Christian?”? Here are some things that keep me coming back.

“STANDING ROCK” AND “THE GOLDEN RULE” A Reflection on Sunday’s Gospel Reading

We call it the “golden rule” or law of reciprocity. As you wish that others would do unto you, do so unto them … Be merciful, then. (Luke 6.31,36) And it can be found, in one configuration or...

What CrossFit Taught Me About Loving God - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Working out is helpful for our health, but perhaps the habit of exercise can teach us something about forming spiritual habits as well.

The Past Is the Journey to the Present

I’ve been thinking about my past lately, like what exactly has led me to the point in life that I’m at now...

Strength in Weakness

In times of temptation, when we can only focus on our own imperfection or limitations, here are three ways to find strength in our weakness.

Healing Through the Life Giving Cross

One day a few years back, I went for a walk with my three year-old godson, Antonios, and his five year-old brother Evangelos. We stopped at a busy intersection and waited for the light to change....

The Future Orthodox Diaspora Takes Center Stage at HGC

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and theological consultant in the Office of Inter-Orthodox relations of the GOA served at the Patriarchate’s spokesman at the...

Making Home a Little Church

Whether we are married or single, we are all called to make our home a “little church”: to bring our experience of Christ on Sunday into our daily life.

Disney is for Grown-Ups - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Disney movies aren't just for kids. In fact, the way we watch them as grown-ups may even have something to teach us about how we approach faith in Christ as well.

Friendship Goals: All of the Orthodoxy

The second installment of a three part series regarding friendships that help us find Christ.

Finding Stability During Transition

Change and transition can be destabilizing for many of us. Here are three things we can do to keep our feet on solid ground when life seems to trip us up.

Beautiful/Sensational Stories from Anonymous/Shipwrecked People - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Why is it that sometimes we feel that only those with "extraordinary stories" are worth hearing? Might it be that all stories have equal worth?
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