I Knew Right Then, In That Second…

by Trudy Ellmore My family of origin is Roman Catholic, the faith I practiced until I was 18. My love of God was deep and personal. There was never a time in my life when God was not present, even in my earliest memories. Yet, when someone witnessed to me and asked, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, you’re going to hell” my reaction was one of panic. I turned away from my childhood church to a non-denominational fundamentalist church to allay my fear of damnation. There I met my first husband. After our marriage, we became involved in a Southern Baptist church where we both were baptized by … [Read more...]

The Father Of Lights

By Constantine Georgiades A team of 120 members of the London Robbery Squad arrested me, my builder and electrician in Devon on 17th April 1991. I had to strip, put on white paper suit and wait in a cold empty cell for 3 days and then I was charged with various conspiracy offenses and remanded in custody at Exeter Prison. I had often driven past the prison and had never considered that one day I might be a guest of Her Majesty! As an ex-policeman, I was warned to ask for the '43's' by the escorting officer, but I really hadn't understood what that meant. A mistake had been made and I felt sure that it was only a matter of time before I … [Read more...]

Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church

Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy by Andrea Goodell Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year. “Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.” Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith. “I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” … [Read more...]

Is There One True Church?

An Interview with Peter Jackson Peter Jackson—a former Protestant missionary and the translator of several books of Holy Scripture into the language of the Kogi people of Colombia, presently a student at Holy Trinity Spiritual Seminary—tells of his road to Orthodoxy. This is an Interview conducted with him on the pages of Pravoslavnaya Rus' [Orthodox Rus'] by R. Sholkov. RS: Tell us a little bit about yourself. PJ: I was an Evangelical Protestant from birth. My family attended Baptist and Presbyterian churches, and my parents were firm believers in [the concept of] the "invisible Church," i.e., [the belief] that there … [Read more...]