This Valentine’s Day, Discover Love The Orthodox Way

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Barna Group has released a study showing that young people view failing to recycle items like cardboard and aluminum cans as more immoral than pornography.  The Porn Phenomenon survey of teenagers and young adults found that 32% of those surveyed believe that viewing porn is “usually or always wrong” compared to 56% who say not recycling is “usually or always wrong.” St. Valentine must be rolling in his grave. More than ever we see that the opposite of real love is not hating people but using people. As Valentine’s Day becomes more and […]

Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

The Orthodox Christian Network recently published my latest essay on whether Orthodox parishes in America need armed guards.  “Every person deserves to live in safety. However, the question of whether Orthodox Churches should have armed guards is one that goes to the very heart of our identity as Christians and what it means to live as Christ lived and to love as Christ loved. Orthodox Christians are residents of a different Kingdom, and our peace does not come from this world. As a result, we are called to live differently and see the world with eyes of faith.” READ MORE […]

July 4th: The Best of Orthodoxy is in America

  “Orthodoxy is a freedom-loving, democratic faith it is at its best in our free America. Our people are part and parcel of America, gladly giving their treasure and the blood of their sons to safeguard its free institutions which are the reflection of the freedom they find in their faith. If the best of Byzantium has survived, it is in the United States, and if there is an Orthodox political ideal, it is enshrined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. “Thus, while we must still minister to many who remember the ways and customs of another land, it is our policy to make our Church in the United States, an American Church. In […]

According to Orthodoxy, When Do You Become A Person?

There has been considerable discussion on the topic of human beings and personhood in Orthodox theological circles.  Fordham University’s Public Orthodoxy Blog recently published an article entitled “Human Beings or Human Persons?” that raised a number of serious questions in the context of the Great Council of the Orthodox Church.     Are all human beings persons?  What does it mean to be human?  What does it mean to be a person?   Is an embryo a human person? How does this impact our understanding of the vocation of men and women today and the critical questions each of us face […]