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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.

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.

"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. ...

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?

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.

On God and Gilmore Girls

"So, it's a show?"
"It's a lifestyle."
"It's a religion."

A Church for Healing

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

"Cubs Win!" and Other Election Day Thoughts - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

The Cubs won! And today, someone will win the presidency. Let's hold fast to the hope that our King is coming, no matter what happens in the polls.

The Benefits of Time Travel

When I first heard about the app “Timehop,” I had really mixed feelings.   If you haven’t heard of it, it does what it sounds like: hops through time. It pools together a...

When People Hurt Us

When someone hurts us – whether physically or emotionally – we have a choice of how to respond and to move forward. How do we forgive and let go of this pain?

How Hamilton Taught Me to Love the Scriptures - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Have you heard or seen the Broadway hit, Hamilton? Do you find yourself suddenly caring about history again? Perhaps Hamilton has something to teach Christians about how to view and approach the...

A Home Away from Home Parish

How can you find a parish that feels like home once you've moved away from your home parish?

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.
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