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Searching for God in a World of Pokémon - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Niantic's Pokémon Go exploded on the scene in July. Might it be that the game's popularity is largely due to a longing for transcendence?

Mother's Day on August 15

We celebrate the Virgin Mary, our mother, every year on August 15th. Since this is one of the Church’s greatest feasts, let’s reflect on what this teaches us about all mothers.

That Time I Thought My Daughter Was Dying

Sometimes we are confronted by truly terrifying circumstances that shake us to our core. In those moments, are we able to reach out to the Lord and hope in Christ?

The Importance of Having Heroes Who Make Mistakes

What happens when you realize that your role models have flaws?

Finding Hope Even in 2016

This year has already proven to be a challenging one. So how can we hold on to our Christian hope even in the midst of all the world’s pain and suffering?

The Flash: Heroism, Villainy, and Death - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Each of us is capable of great good or great evil, and it usually comes down to what we are willing to die for. Will you choose to be a hero or a villain?

Free to be Twenty-Three

God gives us the freedom to make our own choices, but how do we maintain our responsibility to Him while we do so?

Preparing Our Youth for College Life

We often think that young people fall away from Christ because of college, but what if college just exposes shallow faith? What if there were ways to address this shallowness of faith?

Escaping Hubris Through Failure - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We often think of games as pastimes and recreation, but might it be that learning to lose gracefully may be unto our salvation.

Why Long Distance Relationships Fail

Many of us struggle with long distance friendships and romantic relationships. It’s hard to make them work. So why would it be any different with Jesus?

Why I Let My Daughter Be Scared - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

As a parent, it's always hard to decide what kinds of things your kids should watch, especially if they are scared. But maybe there is value in watching things that scare our children?

Reflections on a Modern Saint

We’re so used to saints being from centuries ago, that we forget that God makes saints today! Here are some reflections on Saint Paisios the Athonite.

Ripe for Revival

Sometimes our parishes don’t seem as collectively on fire for Christ as we could be. Here’s what we personally can do to change that.

So, What's Next?

How do we stay still in a world that is constantly pushing us to move forward?

Four Things to Stay Connected During the Summer

The summer can either be a time of disconnection or of connection to our faith. Here are four ways you can connect to Christ and to the Church this summer.

Loving Unseemly Characters - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Sometimes we meet people who are difficult to love, but the beauty of art is that we get practice caring for people with whom we might not normally associate.

The Summer When I Fell in Love With My Faith

Of all the opportunities that summer camp affords you, the opportunity to get to know Christ is by far the greatest one.

Harry Potter and the Fear of Death - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

All of us will die, but not all of us will die well. Harry Potter, however, demonstrates that death is meant to be the final expression of a life lived for others.

Mine! Mine! Mine!

The only way to assure that someone or something will remain yours forever is to never give it your all, never help it grow...which just sounds so terrible, doesn’t it?

Three Things in Common Between the Twelve Steps & Orthodoxy

Now that we’ve looked at the Twelve Steps of recovery and how they parallel with Orthodox Christian teaching, let’s look at three principles shared by both.

The Spaces We Create and How They Shape Us - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We tend to think that we create spaces to express ourselves, but what if the spaces we create actually are more formative on us?

Run, Don't Walk

What are the parallels between being an Orthodox Christian and being a runner? How does one influence the other?

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits Part 3: Making Amends and the Christian Life

The remaining steps call us to make amends to others, to continue to work on our relationships with others and with God, and to share our story with others.

Hugging Wookies, Riding Coasters, and Learning to Love at Disneyland - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Love is learned through sharing in one another's joys, sorrows, and loves. The question is: what do we love?

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits Part 2: Making Lists and Letting Go

We have a tendency to hold on to fears and resentments from our past. These next four steps help us to list them out, share them with another person, and then trust in God to take them from us.
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