When Spontaneity Goes Stale

by Zachary (Zecchaeus) Jensen As a child I lived in four states and moved from one side of the country to the other. The high school that I graduated from was a small Christian school in Illinois. The church connected to it was becoming more and more "reformed Protestant" as time went on, which affected my path a great deal. I pursued the "reformed" tradition mostly out of rebellion to the "charismatic" Protestant evangelicalism that my parents had embraced and which I could very easily see the flaws in. After graduating high school I attended a year long program which my church at that time participated in, known as Masters … [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...]

“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...]