Written on Nov, 19, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Here’s the video of my talk earlier this month in Grand Rapids. It was sponsored by the Alliance of Orthodox Christians, a non-profit Orthodox lay ministry devoted to lay spiritual formation and catechesis.

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Written on Nov, 19, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Like the world around us, the life of the Church has always been marred by conflict. But where those in the world respond to strife with hatred and even violence, Christians forgive one another.

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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, 15, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Beloved children in the Lord: May God’s grace and peace be with you. As every year, we are communicating with all of you with a heavy heart from the historic and martyric Mother Church of Constantinople while prayerfully commemorating the Holodomor of the Ukrainian People, the tragic and inhumane events of the years 1932-1933, when countless human beings lost their …

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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, 14, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The most basic revelation of God’s love for you is you. God’s love for you was first revealed to you when He knitted you together in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-18).

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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, 09, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Based on where God has placed us, we are called to be merciful to those who for all their great talents and abilities, are often as lonely and isolated in their own way as was Lazarus in his. Not all poverty is material. Often it is social, moral and spiritual.

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