Orthodox Evangelizing with African-Americans

This was just posted on a Facebook group I am a part of and I only wish I could have been there myself. John is a Facebook friend, and I hope to meet him face to face someday. You can read his conversion story here, To Be Black and Orthodox: Part of My Story, and […]

Answering the Questions

More of Fr. Nathaniel Johnson, talking about his favorite seasons, his immersion into Orthodoxy, and his favorite saints.  Fr. Deacon Nathaniel Johnson   Answering the Questions  

The Church That Has It ALL

I had the great pleasure of concelebrating liturgy with Fr. Nathaniel, and his fellow clergy at St. Lawrence Orthodox Church in Felton, CA, this past weekend. What a glorious encounter! Hear his story in his own words.  Fr. Deacon Nathaniel Johnson Fr. Nathaniel Johnson served the Orthodox Church as a deacon in the San Lorenzo […]

On Becoming Eastern Orthodox

by Hal Freeman In my last entry I engaged in some preliminary considerations of politics. I decided to take on the area of religion as well. For some of you a discussion of religion is at best tangential to Russian/American relationships. Maybe it’s tangential to a lot more than that. On the other hand, the […]

Humility and Regret in My Journey to Orthodoxy

by Scott Lewis I was born and raised in a good Baptist home with a solid Christian foundation. As you are probably aware, as a Baptist we believe that the early church fell away from the true Christian faith and was not resurrected until the Protestant reformation. Growing up in the midst of the cold […]

My Wife Came Home To Orthodoxy!

by John Gresham What do you do when you want to become Orthodox, but your spouse is not on board? This question is a common one we deal with here at JTO, and very often it has glorious results. Our thanks to John and Brenda Gresham for allowing us to share and repost this excellent account […]

The Orthodox Man

The story of former Baptist Tommy “Tomas” Rydén As an infant I had been what they call “officially blessed” in the Baptist church of Linköping in front of the congregation. As Baptists the congregants did not believe in any formal baptism of infants. My father, who in his younger years had been trained as an […]

Texas Christians Practice the Orthodox Faith

By Angela Ward  Ask most East Texans about the major divisions of Christianity and their response will probably mention only two of the three: Roman Catholics and Protestants. The third branch of Christianity, Eastern Orthodox, is relatively unknown in most of the southern United States, but that’s beginning to change. The Rev. John Mikita, pastor […]

Ban Roll-On Baptist Visits An Orthodox Church

From Orthodox Field Guide, comes a fictitious story of a visit to an Orthodox Church. Sometimes we forget what a first time visit can be like! When one first enters an Orthodox church, it may be a scary or intimidating experience. There is often confusion about what everyone is doing, when and why they’re going […]

A Pilgrim’s Podvig: Part Five

The Dead End of Non-Denominationalism by Fr. John Whiteford In the summer of 1988 my wife and I were married in the Chinese Baptist Church that she had been attending in Houston. Due to the efforts of my very frugal wife, we were able to have a nice wedding, a reception, a honeymoon, and to […]