Is Your Orthodox Parish in a Death Spiral?

  How many times have you heard the phrase “Orthodoxy is America’s kept secret.”? A look at today’s Orthodox Christian media shows that time and again everything appears wonderful.   Converts are coming into the Church and the ancient faith is viewed as the alternative to what ails Christianity in America.  It is easy to get caught up in the excitement especially on social media where living as an Orthodox Christian looks easy if not altogether fashionable. However, appearances can be deceiving as many parishes struggle to maintain their operations let alone fulfill the mission of the Gospel.   A recent […]

OCN: Pascha and Doubt

Christ is Risen!  I am happy to share my latest article “Pascha and Doubt” which was published by OCN.  You may find it at the following link: http://myocn.net/pascha-and-doubt/

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, Discover Love the Orthodox Christian Way

Sometimes, you have to wonder if the real meaning of love can be saved at all. In a world hungry for the truth about love, millions of people will flock to movie theaters on Valentine’s Day to view the movie version of E.L James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey and to celebrate the abusive relationship it features as a model of genuine love. Abuse as the equivalent of real love? Men courting women by taking them to a movie about a young woman being manipulated and hurt? What does such a movie say to the millions of people who have […]

OCN: What I Learned from “The Greek Freak”

I am happy to share that www.myocn.net (OCN) has published my latest article What I Learned from “The Greek Freak” is a wonderful reflection on how what it means to be Greek is changing.  This wave of change will have significant effects on Orthodoxy as well.   Read the whole article HERE.