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...]

“The Search for the True Church is Invaluable”

An Interview with American clergyman Protopriest Seraphim Bell by Elena Khomullo, conducted during a trip to Russia Fr Seraphim Bell is an American, a Protopriest of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, founder and former president of the Missionary Department of ROCOR. He established four Orthodox parishes in the USA, did missionary work in Guatemala, Nepal and the Philippines, and also spent time on Mt Athos. At the present time, Fr Seraphim lives at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. His voice reflects his surname as he proclaims sermons about our Lord Jesus Christ. He consoles those in despair with the hope of … [Read more...]

Why More African Americans Are Drawn to the Orthodox Church

The African-American community is being drawn to Orthodox Christianity, inspired by its roots in Africa, claims to authenticity, and reverence to black saints. Karl Berry is one of a few black Americans to be ordained an Orthodox priest. He grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He said he's "always had a love for Jesus," but he wasn't sold on the Christianity he was being exposed to. In 1983 Berry walked into an Orthodox Church for the first time and was surprised by what he saw: icons of black saints. "My first thought was that these were just some very liberal white people who were doing some outreach and trying to appeal … [Read more...]