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...]

Leap of Faith: My Journey to Eastern Orthodoxy; Part Two

by Robert Hammond Looking East Was there a pillar and ground of truth beyond man-made organizations and belief systems? Searching online for mystical Christianity, I stumbled across a series of videos by Ted Nottingham, a former pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who had converted to the Orthodox Church. His videos on Original Christianity pointed toward the ancient traditions of the Christian faith, the mystic monks of Mount Athos, and the Jesus Prayer. He talked about Eastern Orthodox spirituality as the unbroken link with Christ and the Apostles. Could this really be the original Christianity I was seeking? In all … [Read more...]

Leap of Faith: My Journey to Eastern Orthodoxy; Part One

by Robert Hammond Protesting Protestantism "Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God, who died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day?" The Reverend’s voice echoed against the tile baptistery. The water was cold. "Yes," my meek reply. "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit." The Reverend's voice disappeared as I sank beneath a sea of pain. The water entered my nostrils and I gagged. I choked. Coughed. Gasped for air. Washed in the water of life. Surrendered to the eternal. Dead and buried with Christ. Yes, I did believe, but... So many questions yet … [Read more...]