The Cross: A Sign for All Christians

Originally titled: Should Protestants Make the Sign of the Cross? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson by Robert Arakaki In a 30 December 2012 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked what he thought about Protestants crossing themselves.  Apparently, this question was asked because growing numbers of Protestants have started crossing themselves.  In short, Pastor Wilson’s answer […]

A Great Lie to Searching Souls

“It would be a great lie to tell searching souls: ‘Go to church, because there you will find peace.’ The opposite is true. The Church tells those who are at peace and asleep: ‘Go to church, because there you will feel real anguish for your sins, for your perdition, for the world’s sins and perdition. […]

Struggling with Prayer

For all my spiritual children, struggling with prayer is nothing new, nor unusual. Persist. Persevere. Pray. by Abbot Tryphon Our relationship with God does not require an emotional response When we find ourselves struggling with prayer, and feel that it has become dry and lifeless, we are sometimes tempted to stop praying. When our prayer […]

St. Nikolai Velimirovich’s Message to the Orthodox of America

Lest we forget that the “Serbian Chrysostom” is one of our great American saints.  Let us now turn our gaze from the East to the far West, i.e., to America. About 150 years ago Orthodox people of every nationality began to come to this New World, first daring individuals, then small groups, until in our […]

The Hottest Thing at Church Today

by Tim Challies According to a new study by Gallup, the hottest thing at church today is not the worship and not the pastor. It’s not the smoke and lights and it’s not the hip and relevant youth programs. It’s not even the organic, fair trade coffee at the cafe. The hottest thing at church […]

To Whom Was the Blood of Christ Offered according to St. Gregory the Theologian

By St. Gregory the Theologian More on Atonement – an Excerpt from “On Holy Pascha”, Homily 45 Now we are to examine another fact and dogma, neglected by most people, but in my judgment well worth inquiring into. To whom was that Blood offered that was shed for us, and why was it shed? I […]

Developing a Theology of Failure

by Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt Have you tried and failed? Repeatedly? I have, in many areas of my life. If you want to succeed at preaching, embrace a theology of failure. You must be willing to fail more often than other have even tried. Failure separates the quitters from the servants. The biggest problem […]

Depression: Battling the Demon of Dejection

by Abbot Tryphon Depression is one of the plagues of the modern age, overtaking many with it’s insidious poison, and ravaging many a life. The pain and suffering that comes with deep depression can infect those who surround the sufferer, for the depression of one person can spread like mold on stale bread. Psychiatrists are […]