Four Orthodox Lessons from Obi-Wan Kenobi

Popular culture’s ongoing obsession with all things Star Wars continues to grow with over 55 million people viewing the trailer for the soon to be released episode and countless children donning Star Wars costumes this past Halloween.   Star Wars is not just a fad but practically a religion for millions of people around the world. In the shadow of this phenomenon, Orthodox Christians are called to find ways to present the truths revealed by Jesus Christ in ways that are both creative and faithful to the Church’s inheritance. In a previous installment to this series, readers discovered the character of […]

May the Phos (Light) be With You.

Popular culture is going to go crazy for Star Wars in the coming months.  Count me among the millions of people who cannot wait for the latest installment of Star Wars entitled, The Force Awakens! George Lucas’ Star Wars films have captured the imagination of generations both young and old. Growing-up as the son of an Orthodox Priest, one of the fondest memories I have as a child is that of my father taking me to see Star Wars: A New Hopeas a young child.   My father knew what many good Orthodox parents have always known and that is that […]

Orthodox Campus Ministry: Is it Time for Change?

College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  On a regular basis, young men and women on college campuses are confronted with an environment that is increasingly hostile to Orthodox Christianity.  Today, standing for Orthodox beliefs on a college campus often means presenting oneself as a subject of ridicule.  At many colleges, an Orthodox Christian worldview is considered at best a superstitious relic and at worst a form of bigotry. The peer pressure that Orthodox Christian college students face to set aside their beliefs and remain silent about their faith has never […]

When Death Comes to Dinner

Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself. (St.Irenaeus of Lyons) The Orthodox Church has been the greatest agent of human development in history.  The story of the Church is the story of the world.  However, not all chapters of this story are full of joy and celebration.  There is often pain and suffering.  After all, there is no resurrection without the cross, and the defeat of death and the descent […]