Strange, Yet Familiar: My Journey: Part 2

Part Two Tradition, Martyrdom, Stillness by Bishop Kallistos (Ware), Bishop of Diokleia As I deepened my knowledge of Orthodoxy, three things in particular attracted me and held me fast. First, I perceived in the contemporary Orthodox Church — despite its internal tensions and its human failings — a living and unbroken continuity with the Church of the Apostles and Martyrs, of the Fathers and the Ecumenical Councils. This living continuity was summed up for me in the words fullness and wholeness, but most of all it was expressed by the term Tradition. Orthodoxy possesses, not through human merit but by God's grace, a fullness … [Read more...]

Amish Man Follows His Heart To Orthodoxy

Dairy farmer's highly unusual conversion results in excommunication from his church, community by Jim Carney Josef Klarr wanted to know about the origins of the Christian church. Klarr, 39, grew up Old Order Amish in Ashland County and began studying the roots of the church. He went to the library at the Ashland Theological Seminary and read book after book when he wasn't working on his farm milking cows or cutting wood at the saw mill. A major influence in his reading was the writings of St. Basil the Great. … [Read more...]

Finally Oriented

by Fr. Barnabas Powell The Pentecostal church I grew up in had a profound impact on my life. The lively services, the thundering sermons, and the emotional altar calls gripped my young heart and fed my hunger for an intimate encounter with God. As a young man growing up in a Pentecostal church, I always knew I wanted to be a preacher because all the powerful men I had ever known had been men in the pulpit, and I wanted to be just like them. In my Pentecostal church I was told that a stream is purest at its source, so what we had to do was to be like the Church in the Book of Acts. If we were going to affect our world for … [Read more...]

Come To The Water

A Convert's Journey to Holy Orthodoxy by Priest Steven Allen In earliest childhood my Roman Catholic parents and teachers imparted to me the conviction that life on earth is transient, that death is inevitable, and that we must prepare for God's judgment. I always believed that there was one true Church, and that belonging to Her was not a light or superficial question, but a matter of spiritual life or death. Childhood impressions-the somber black vestments and the smell of incense at a funeral witnessed during lunch break at parochial school, a wonderful stained glass window depicting the Saviour's Mystical Supper … [Read more...]