3 Things that Orthodox Christians Can Do to Help Catechumens

Dear Orthodox Family: Please remember that the catechumens need you for more than just prayers. Now, prayers are wonderful, and should never be dismissed. They are very much one of the vital aspects of the bedrock in a thriving Christian existence. Nevertheless, an active involvement in fellowshipping with any catechumen is just as much a…

Thinking It Through – Ep. 70 – Steve Christoforou (@scchristoforou) (of @Y2AM_official) – #Orthodox #Christianity in Modern Times

Next on Thinking It Through: It has been almost 2 years since I first conversed with Steve Christoforou, the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Today, we spoke about the Y2AM, Orthodox Christianity in modern times, studying the Church Fathers, and young Orthodox Christians creating community. Episode…

Reminders on #MemorialDay / Reminder From @KSPrior

Today, Monday, May 28, 2018, is observed as Memorial Day for Americans. While today is that for me , it is also the day that my daughter becomes just 7 days old. While I remember to observe Memorial Day for those precious lives lost serving in the United States Armed Forces protecting my freedoms, I…

The Difficulty with Becoming an #Orthodox #Christian

(Photo from https://tinybuddha.com/blog/when-we-hold-onto-relationships-that-hurt-us/) In the past year, my interest in the Orthodox Christian Church turned from an interest to an outright love.  Although I am just a catechumen with much more to learn and understand, it has been a blessing to me to participate in and attend the Divine Liturgies.  It has been a call to…

Christian and Gay? What’s Your Motivation?

[This Presupposes that You’re a Christian.]      Where did you first get the idea that being “gay” was okay?  Where did you first find the idea that a person might be “born gay?”  Where did you initially read or study God’s Word and think to yourself (as you struggled with thoughts of same-sex attraction): “This…

To The #Christian #Movie-Goer and The Christian #Actor

Let me start this off by saying that I love movies and I love podcasts.  Love podcasts more though because I find out a lot more information this way and movies typically are for entertainment.  So, I try to listen to a lot of podcasts just to help my own thinking.  I listen to a…

YOU CAN’T “STRATEGIZE” SPIRITUALITY

1 Corinthians 3:7 = “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (NIV)” John 6:63 = “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life. (NIV)” John 6:65 =…

To be #Young, #Christian, and #Black (#African-#American)

Recently I was listening an old episode of the podcast of the Trackstarz and the question was asked, “Are Black people really Christians?”  I must admit I was slightly taken aback (in a good way).  Not because I felt offended in any way, but because here are young, Christian African-Americans, who are taking the time to…

Why You Should Watch Your Theology?

I believe that the study of theology has become more important to my life in the last three years than its ever been.  The older I have gotten, and the more I have grown in my love of Jesus Christ, the more I see how important it is for people to “watch your theology.”  When…