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.

The Shadow of Christmas

Christmas can be too comfortable sometimes.  As the Nativity Season unfolds, churches are celebrating the birth of Christ.   Gifts are being shared and kitchens are busy preparing traditional foods. While all these events may be well intentioned, they frequently point us in the direction of nostalgia rather than a living faith.  Nostalgia can be unhealthy.   The more we focus solely on decorating Christmas ornaments and talking about our ethnicity, the more we lose sight of the truth that lies in the manger of Bethlehem and what Jesus Christ means for our lives. The joy of the birth of Christ is […]

Five Ideas for Orthodox Christian College Students

 For forty days from the middle of August through the end of September and culminating with the celebration of College Student Sunday on October 2, 2016, Orthodox Christians across the country focus on the lives of college students.  As students settle on campus for another academic year, it is certain that they will encounter a world full of questions about the very meaning of life and how best to live it. College life will confront them with issues from what it means to be human to how to understand sex and marriage. Today’s college students are tomorrow’s parish council members, […]

Is It Time to Rethink Orthodox Campus Ministry?

May is the month for college graduations. It is a time of new beginnings for Orthodox Christian college students across the country as they transition out of campus life and into adulthood.   Graduation season is also an opportunity to look at Orthodox campus ministry in America and its well-being.   The health of campus ministry is a key indicator of the future health of Orthodoxy in America. College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  Young men and women on college campuses are confronted with an environment that is increasingly hostile to Orthodox […]