Category : Formation

Written on Nov, 16, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…too many Orthodox Christians have bought into the idea God’s love for them means God wants them to be happy and successful on their terms rather than His. We usually don’t say this explicitly.

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Written on Nov, 15, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

While culture is important, even under the best of conditions it is always only nominally Christian. The reason for this is that culture–all cultures–is always a mix of different traditions.

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Written on Nov, 14, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

While religious education and apologetics are both important, we need to be careful that we don’t confuse saying things which are true with “speaking the truth in love.”

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Written on Nov, 13, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…new programs aren’t really the answer. Not because programs are bad, they’re not, but because the life of the Church can’t be contained by programs. And, more importantly, even the best program can (even if unintentionally) stifle the creativity of the individual.

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We’ve heard over the years that Orthodoxy is the fastest growing religion in America. But is this true?

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Written on Nov, 08, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

On Tuesday night, I gave a talk in Grand Rapids, MI titled “10 Lies Orthodox Christians Tell Ourselves.” The talk was sponsored by the Alliance of Orthodox Christians Speaker Series, a non-profit lay Orthodox ministry. The video will be up soon. For now though, here are the 10 lies we as Orthodox Christians tell ourselves. In Christ, +Fr Gregory “We’re …

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We usually think about chastity in narrowly sexual terms, I often suggest to people that we think of it in a broader, more anthropological sense.

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… some interesting insights for Orthodox Christians interested in political theology and the Church’s witness in the Public Square.

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Written on Oct, 04, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

As I’ve mentioned before, clergy with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) or even just narcissistic personality traits, can have a devasting effect on a parish and the spiritual lives of parishioners and other clergy. Dealing with clergy suffering with NPD is a challenge and few of us are equipped to do so effectively. This is why I’m posting Anna Kucirkova’s essay What You …

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Written on Oct, 02, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…many–even most–Orthodox parishes in America, are suffering from the absence of a wholesome, well-balanced but radical commitment to Christ among both the laity and the clergy.

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