From Sola Scriptura to Supernatural Experience to Sacred Church

by Thomas Prologue Since being received into the Church, I have tried to ponder and process the long road we took to become Orthodox. Truthfully, I was not sure I wanted to share our story because, in so many ways, it is similar to hundreds of other stories posted on Journey to Orthodoxy and elsewhere. But looking back, when I recall being unsure about the path upon which I was just starting, Journey to Orthodoxy provided both information and comfort. Peace was found in seeing that there were others who had trod this narrow path to the fullness of the Faith. So, to whomever reads this, know that you are not alone and there are others … [Read more...]

My Wife Came Home To Orthodoxy!

by John GreshamWhat do you do when you want to become Orthodox, but your spouse is not on board? This question is a common one we deal with here at JTO, and very often it has glorious results. Our thanks to John and Brenda Gresham for allowing us to share and repost this excellent account of their own experience with this question!When I decided to leave the Baptist church and convert to Orthodoxy, my wife was understandably concerned. First, there was the loss of income we would suffer as I would be leaving my pastoral salary. I would have to be Orthodox for at least five years to be considered for ordination to the priesthood and even that … [Read more...]

To Be Black and Orthodox: Part of My Story

by John Gresham, Jr.I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian. She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture. While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching style of the church we grew up in. Also, except for me, I am the only native black American in the parish. While she is used to being the only black in some circles in her upbringing, that she would be a little more comfortable making the same plunge that I did if she saw more of us in the same pool. How is it possible … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Man

The story of former Baptist Tommy "Tomas" Rydén As an infant I had been what they call “officially blessed” in the Baptist church of Linköping in front of the congregation. As Baptists the congregants did not believe in any formal baptism of infants. My father, who in his younger years had been trained as an opera singer by respected names in that craft, was requested to perform at different locations in connection with marriage ceremonies, funerals and festivities hosted by different denominations. Every now and then, pastors and key people in the independent church (or charismatic movement of the time) visited our home. Revival … [Read more...]