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The Role of Parents in Youth Ministry

Having programs and ministries for youth and young adults can never replace the role of the parent in cultivating and modeling a love for Christ.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

Friendship Goals: More than Orthodoxy

If we close ourselves off to friends who aren’t Orthodox, can we truly call ourselves Christians?

Star Wars: An Entertaining, Misdirection of Love - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

As human beings, we are made to be lovers; we can't help but love. But WHAT do we love as ultimate? Is it the Lord, or something else?

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?
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