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The Problem with Guilt and Shame

Awareness of our own sin can lead to guilt and shame. Instead, Christ calls us to a life of hope and joy in repentance.
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The Beauty of Taking the Blame

It’s all too easy to fall into a pattern where I blame everyone else for the way that I am feeling, for my actions, and for my behaviors.
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The Things That I Don't Know

In life, there’s a lot that I don’t know, and there’s a lot that I will never know. So...where’s the solace in all of this?
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Two Reminders about Youth Safety Training

Youth safety training can feel tedious and repetitive at times. Here are two things anyone in ministry needs to remember.
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How Lent Can Guide the Rest of the Year

Great Lent should inform the way we live throughout the year. Here are three principles or lessons that we can take with us even after Pascha.
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A Small Act of Sharing and Caring

I realized how stubborn I was being to not want to answer my mom in the first place. Like, “my faith is personal, and I don’t want to share it with her right now.” Yet I sucked up my pride and decided to share it anyway.
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Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn

In this toxic, politics-ridden, dare I admit it- fallen- world, we all need to learn to listen to each other.
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Prepping for Our Journey to Pascha

The Triodion period before Great Lent helps us prepare for our long journey to Pascha and, ultimately, the Kingdom.
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Prayer of Saint Philaret

The Morning Prayer of Saint Philaret of Moscow brings our attention to our inner life, to the will of God, and to how we treat our neighbor.
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Christ Comes First

As long as our ministry efforts have different starting points than our Life in Christ, they will never be fully united, nor will they be of Christ.
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Why Orthodox Christians Should Do Their Genealogy

The theology of the Orthodox Church makes a good case for why every Orthodox Christian should study his or her family history.
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An Orthodox Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

Each year, we make lofty resolutions we hope to keep. What should Orthodox Christians keep in mind at the start of the new year?
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Stop Saying it's Okay: A Lesson in Forgiveness

As St. Dionysios showed us, forgiveness does not have to come with the reassurance of saying “it’s okay.” Forgiveness is enough in itself.
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Why Jesus Came at Christmas

Why do we celebrate Christmas every year? Jesus gives several reasons why He came into the world.
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Three Lessons from Saint Porphyrios

Saint Porphyrios is a modern saint who speaks to our society today. Here are three lessons that can help us in our relationship with Christ.
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Life Lessons from "This Is Us" - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

If we want our children and families to grow in their likeness to Christ, then we must pursue that path ourselves.
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Saving Room for Christ

The Advent season is filled with so much commotion that we can fill up on Christmastime and forget to save room for Christ.
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Finally, A Blog Post About Zelda - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Video games are fun, but not only because they provide great entertainment. They speak to our desire to participate in a story that is bigger than we are: God's Story.
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Giving Thanks Even During the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenge for many of us. Here are three things that we can do to give thanks when we struggle to find the words.
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"Sit Up Straight" and Other Reminders

Has anyone ever jabbed their hand in between your shoulder blades as a not-so-subtle reminder to stand up straighter? If not, then congratulations, you probably have good posture. ...
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Orthodox Christians, Politics, and Life After Election 2016

How do Orthodox Christians relate to our political leaders, and how do we move on after a divisive presidential election?
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Dancing Anxiously at Life's Circumference

Often we get distracted by the outside circumstances of our lives, and we lose focus on Christ at the Center.
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On God and Gilmore Girls

"So, it's a show?" "It's a lifestyle." "It's a religion."
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A Church for Healing

Jesus was known as a healer, but does He still heal today?
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