Humility and Regret in My Journey to Orthodoxy

by Scott Lewis I was born and raised in a good Baptist home with a solid Christian foundation. As you are probably aware, as a Baptist we believe that the early church fell away from the true Christian faith and was not resurrected until the Protestant reformation. Growing up in the midst of the cold war, I learned of the persecution of Christians in Eastern Europe but always wondered who were these Christians if they were not Baptist who were willing to be sent to Gulags and risk executions? As I became a teenager, I heard about the Eastern Orthodox Christians behind the iron curtain and the Greek Orthodox. When I approached my older … [Read more...]

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...]