Tag : Evangelism

Written on Sep, 12, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Utopianism may be a species of optimism, but it is always born of discontent. Chris Jennings, Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism. Underestimating, or worse ignoring, the American tendency toward Utopianism of one kind or another is one of the central reasons that Orthodox evangelism is frequently unsuccessful in the long-term. Americans aren’t spiritually discontent, we are often not …

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Written on Jun, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Each of us is also gifted with “charismata” designated for a specific purpose. The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to build up the body of Christ in some special manner. Some of these gifts are teaching, prophecy, healing, administration, leadership, mercy, etc. What are your gifts and how might God be calling you to serve the Living Church of Christ – our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA?

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Written on Oct, 01, 2015 by in | 1 Comment.

Love—human and divine—are meant to function synergistically; the latter purifies and deifies the former while the former reveals the latter. The evangelical work of the Church embraces both the immature believer as well as the unbeliever. Both are called to a life of personal Christian discipleship. Both are called to that life of continual repentance that makes it possible to grow in the knowledge and experience of God’s love passing, as Paul says in another place, “from glory to glory.”

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Written on Aug, 06, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

The evangelization of America by Orthodox Christians and traditionally Roman Catholics and Evangelical Protestants, requires that we be transfigured by the Gospel. Or to put it another way, the evangelistic work of the Church is only possible if Orthodox Christians are really and truly personal and intentional of Jesus Christ.

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Written on Aug, 02, 2015 by in | 2 Comments.

The public proclamation of the Gospel doesn’t necessarily require we say to a person or a community that they are morally bad. It is rather to invite them and to challenge them to live a deeper, more sacrificial form of love. We aren’t so much saying “You’re wrong!”—though there are times we must—as we are saying “You can be better!”

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