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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.

"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.

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...

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.

Three Lessons Friends Can Learn From The Old Testament

The Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi shows us that there’s a lot we can learn from making friends with those who are different from us.

When Simba Came Home - Sunday of the Prodigal Son

We all have wandered from the love of God. This Sunday Christ calls us to return home, to come back to ourselves and to the Father.

Podcast Monday- St. Porphyrios a Great Figure of Orthodoxy

In this video, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta recounts his interactions with just such a holy figure: the recently glorified St. Porphyrios.

Two Things to Remember in the Face of Doubt

As we get older, it can be hard to hold onto the faith of our youth. Here are two things to remember in the face of doubt.

Seeing the Man in the Mirror Clearly - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

As we stand at the cusp of Great Lent, we may be tempted to think our journey is about becoming righteous, but perhaps it is more about seeing ourselves clearly.

Podcast Monday -Confessing to Grow Closer to God

In these two short podcasts, Fr. Seraphim Aldea of Mull Monastery gives some advice on how to give a meaningful, grace-filled confession.

Mercy is Better Than What I Deserve - Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

Mercy is something that is given freely, not something deserved. And thank God, because if we all got we deserved, then who would stand a chance before the face of God?

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.
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