A Journey To The Ancient Faith: Part 1

This is the story of parachurch Campus Crusade Leaders and their flocks becoming Orthodox by the thousands. Part 1 of 4. And it happened right here in the good ole' USA. … [Read more...]

Landing After A Lifetime Of Looking

by Dot Lombardi This excellent testimonial was submitted to JTO recently, and is an excellent example of what a testimonial really is! My journey to Orthodoxy has been almost 52 years in the making. Better late than never, I suppose. Officially I was raised as a Lutheran living in southern Connecticut among mostly Italian Catholics and Jews. My mom was the children's choir director and she is responsible for the love of church music (all kinds) that I have to this day. My dad, having grown up in the Congregational Church, was an ambivalent participant in the Lutheran tradition. The years leading up to my parent's separation and … [Read more...]

Thank You, Martin Luther

This comes to us from the Cometh At Midnight Blog, a personal favorite of mine. Today is Reformation Day in the Lutheran churches and I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Martin Luther for making me Orthodox. I grew up in the 60?s when the Lutheran Church was conservative and traditional.  We still had felt Jesus banners in the church, but you didn’t find women or sexually confused or theologically heretical clergyman, or for that matter, sexually confused, theologically heretical women. You knew just where German pastors were coming from.  And they were the ones who shaped my beliefs and future life as an Orthodox … [Read more...]

Why Orthodox Men Love Church

Many men may not love church, but Orthodox men do. by Frederica Matthewes-Green In a time when churches of every description are faced with Vanishing Male Syndrome, men are showing up at Eastern Orthodox churches in numbers that, if not numerically impressive, are proportionately intriguing. This may be the only church which attracts and holds men in numbers equal to women. As Leon Podles wrote in his 1999 book, “The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity,” “The Orthodox are the only Christians who write basso profundo church music, or need to.” Rather than guess why this is, I emailed a … [Read more...]