Mental Imagery in Eastern Orthodox Private Devotion

Is mental imagery good or bad in spiritual life? Fr. Sergei answers the question for Orthodox Christians, and anyone else who needs to know, once and for all. By Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov Just as there can be a properly trained voice, there can be a properly trained soul. —Fr. Alexander Elchaninov This presentation is based […]

What is a Noetic Life?

by Fr. Stephen Freeman Eskimos really do have over 50 words for snow. In total, there are around 180 words for snow and ice. There is “aqilokoq” for “softly falling snow” and “piegnartoq” for “the snow [that is] good for driving a sled.” There is also “utuqaq,” which means, “ice that lasts year after year” and […]

The Sermon Outline: The Basics of Deductive Preaching

from Orthodox Ruminations Preaching is an art! It is a craft! Preaching is a calling that can be coupled with the skills of a rhetorician. There is no doubt that the preacher is an orator. I believe that preaching is a skill. Of course preaching is above all else a calling, but I believe sincerely […]

What is the Human Nous?

by Fr, John Romanides The chief concern of the Orthodox Church is the healing of the human soul. The Church has always considered the soul as the part of the human being that needs healing because She has seen from Hebrew tradition, from Christ Himself, and from the Apostles that in the region of the physical […]

New Apostles or Old Heresy? An Orthodox Perspective on the New Apostolic Reformation

by Robert Arakaki I was recently asked to help organize a memorial service for a mutual friend.  When I was told that the “Apostle Johnson” would be doing the service, I didn’t know quite what to make of it.  I knew of the Apostle Paul who traveled around the Roman Empire planting churches and writing […]

Pew Survey: Americans Want Good Sermons and Warm Welcomes

If you think preaching good sermons doesn’t matter, think again. It is the single most important thing Americans look for when seeking a place to worship regularly. On Choosing a New Church or House of Worship About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly […]

Characteristic Traits of Orthodox Spirituality

by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos Within this framework we can detect some characteristic traits of Orthodox spirituality. It is, firstly, Christ-centred, since Christ is the only medicine for humankind, by virtue of the hypostatic union of the divine and human nature in His Person. Secondly, Orthodox spirituality is also centred on the Holy Trinity, since Christ is always united with the […]

The Subjectively Conscious Part of the Cosmos

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The thinking man, if he wants his thought about freedom to be complete, must reflect—on the basis of his own experience—that freedom is inseparable from consciousness and the conscious experience of pursuing and discerning truth. If freedom is really free, it must be part of self-reflective thought, or logos; otherwise […]