Back to the Source

by Cliff and Sara Hargrave I am 51 years old and my wife is 48. We have been married 29 years and have two grown daughters and two grandsons. On Christmas Eve 2017, my wife and I were Chrismated into the Orthodox Church. My journey began as a “cradle” Southern Baptist. I grew up in the local First Baptist Church, attending Sunday school, vacation bible school, and Royal Ambassadors. I walked the aisle at age 7. Then in my junior high years, something happened. The church got rid of the pastor my parents liked. From that moment on, they never went back. My siblings were older than me and had the busy lives of teenagers and for a while I was … [Read more...]

Not a Spur of the Moment Decision

by Benjamin Pass I have long debated writing of my journey to Orthodoxy. I was unsure if I should bother; particularly since there was no dramatic, miraculous sign which led me to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. At times, it has seemed as though I simply moved from book to article, and through the process of reading and asking questions, arrived in a difference place. Yet I understand the Lord has guided this journey and led me somewhere beautiful and spiritually living. This year, I was received into the Orthodox Church (during Holy Week) and I truly feel I have come home. I was baptized and chrismated, and have experienced … [Read more...]

Finding the Communion that Never Ends

by Jon Boatwright My journey to the Orthodox Church began in a way that has been hard for me to put into words. People often ask me why I converted to the Eastern Church from a Protestant tradition. That's usually when I start rambling. But I've also discovered that many others have similar difficulties. It's simply difficult to describe the inner life. Then I'll try to keep to the stepping stones. As a young man attending a little Baptist church in Arkansas I recall loving Sunday School but somewhere there began emerging a questioning or even uneasiness regarding Baptist teachings or rather their answers to my questions and I had lots of … [Read more...]

A Life in a String of Epiphanies

by Reader John I’ve been blogging now for more than seven years, and religion has been a frequent topic. But I’m pretty sure I’ve never set out an orderly account of my religious pilgrimage or explained just what my beefs are with the Christian traditions I’ve left. I intend to remedy that right now. I considered serializing this, but that seemed ostentatious. The result is a longish blog, but one blog seems adequate. I structure this under four epiphanies for the simple reason that it genuinely seems to me that there have been four major turning points in my Christian life, and that each involved an “Aha! moment.” I’m not going heavy on … [Read more...]