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With the “Fear” of God: Three Things Awe of God Can Teach Us

We hear “with the fear of God” every Divine Liturgy, but what does it mean if we worship a God of love?

Invading Hell Isn’t Safe; Now Do It – Afterfeast of the Presentation

The mission of God does not involve being afraid to take back the Lord's world for the sake of the Kingdom. As the Church, we are called to storm the gates of hell, not to worry about them.

You Can’t Build a Friendship on Gummy Bears

No matter how many of the same books or movies you have in common with someone, it doesn’t mean they will be willing to lay down their life for you. Or you for them.

Three Things that Make Faith Personal (Yet Not Private)

The Orthodox spiritual life is about cultivating a personal relationship with Christ rooted in community.

Following Christ: Going For Broke - Thirteenth Sunday of Luke

If you're anything like me, going after difficult goals can be a bit overwhelming, leading to a double-hearted effort. Might it be that when the going gets tough, this is the time Christ asks...

Death, David Bowie, and False Immortality

The fixation we have with celebrities, and the fake immortality that we credit to their earthly presence, distracts us from the fact that we all live eternally through Christ.

Three Idols We Set Up in Place of Christ

Being a Christian is more than vague spirituality or dry religiosity. It’s about a true spiritual life in Christ. Here are three things that get in the way of that.

Down With the Sickness - Twelfth Sunday of Luke

How often do we think that the Lord is only interested in us if we are "well?" Might it be possible that He, the Physician of our Souls, is actually drawn toward the sick?

Remember The Good

We can’t spend our lives simply running from sin; that’s incomplete. The more important (not to mention easy and fulfilling) thing is to spend our lives running towards Christ.

Being Comfortable with Stability

Between holiday small talk and New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to misjudge our current life situation and forget to see God’s work in our lives. Here are some things we can do to get comfortable...

Why I'm Glad I Used To Be a Protestant - Afterfeast of Theophany

As we stand at the beginning of the New Year and look toward the Future, perhaps we will not be able to make a good beginning if we cannot be grateful for the past.

My New Year's Resolution: To Put Myself to Death - Sunday before Theophany

It's almost the New Year, and with that comes some time for change. Perhaps there is a New Year's Resolution waiting for us in the example of John the Baptist?

Apologizing With Intent

I have wondered if I confess like I apologize to my sister for borrowing her shirt without asking: with every intention of doing it again.

The Trench- Protecting Our Relationships

Join Christian in this week’s Trench as he considers how we should go about prioritizing our relationships and how proper prioritization is key in our relationship with God.

Finding Rest in a Restless World

Sometimes it feels like we’re failing at life if we aren’t multitasking or if we aren’t in three places at once. We’re tired and worn out and struggle to focus on prayer. What we need is rest: a...

'Tis Almost the Season! - Sunday before Nativity

Christ doesn't always show up how we expect Him to do so. This week, the week before Christmas, the Church reveals to us that Christ comes into the world through sinners, and this should give...

Podcast Monday—Sexual Purity

"We cannot, we dare not, manufacture a false gospel that dismisses chastity and sexual purity because maintaining them is difficult."   In his letter to Titus, St. Paul writes: “To...

Keeping the Faith: When Friends Leave the Church

Everyone knows someone who has left the Church. We’ve heard the statistics. So what do those of us young adults who aren’t leaving the Church, do with this?

Loving Those I Don't Like

I’m not going to like everyone, and honestly, that’s not my goal. I’m working to love everyone.

Are You Too Busy For God? - Twelfth Sunday of Luke

Christ calls us to sit in His Kingdom with Him, but often we are too busy, too caught up in ourselves to realize that the invitation is extended. Will you hear Him this week?

Podcast Monday - Secular Worries

Check out this week's edition of Podcast Monday, where Anthony points us toward consideration of whether our ability to defend talking points of Orthodoxy actually makes us better Orthodox...

The Trench- Understanding Boundaries

What are boundaries?

Bible In A Year- John's Messengers Inquire of Jesus

How are Christ, His mother, and the saints different from the many great people we see today?

Fasting While Vegetarian

Fasting is a time to focus on being more contiencious of the choices we are making, in what we eat and what we do.

When Our Fire for Christ Dies Out

Have you ever been on fire for Christ, and now wonder how you can rekindle the spark? Here are some things you can do to help reconnect with Christ after the honeymoon period has passed.
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