My Search for the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

by Matthew Douglas The story of my conversion to Holy Orthodoxy is very long, and the process consisted in so many steps, trials, and phases of contemplation that it is difficult to find a good starting point. Honestly, I believe that a whole book could one day be written about God’s divine guidance of me into the Orthodox Church. To begin, I was raised in a non-denominational Evangelical household, and I was blessed with godly parents who raised me up in Christianity and encouraged me to read my Bible daily. As a young child, I was always thankful for their love and guidance; however, I began to rebel and drift away as a teenager. I slowly … [Read more...]

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...]

“It Has Only Started”

Russian Church continues adding Western Saints to its Church Calendar At its March 9 session, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to add St. Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland, St. Alban the Protomartyr of Britain, St. Genevieve of Paris, and twelve other Western saints from the first millennium, before the West departed into heresy, to its official calendar. As Interfax-Religion reports, the Russian Orthodox Church intends to continue adding such revered Western Church figures to its calendar for annual celebration. Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk stated on the “Church and the World” television program … [Read more...]

World’s ‘oldest Christian church’ discovered in Jordan

Not surprisingly, it was Orthodox, with the traditional apse and all. Archaeologists claim to have found the world's oldest church dating from shortly after Christ's crucifixion and used by the Apostles of the 70. If tests confirm that it dates back to between 33 AD to 70 AD, as the archaeologists claim, it would make it the earliest known place of Christian worship by around two hundred years. According to a report in the Jordan Times newspaper, a very early underground church was found beneath the ancient Saint Georgeous Church, which itself dates back to 230 AD, in Rihab, northern Jordan near the Syrian border. "We have … [Read more...]