Worshipping Jesus At A Mosque

by Gene Daniels This story displays the power that culture can have to repel converts from the Gospel! Culture is a powerful force, and must be harnessed for spreading the Gospel. This actually reminds me of the work of Sheldon Jackson in Alaska, and the disastrous effects it had on the native cultures he attacked there. The Orthodox, like St. Herman, have a different way. What it's like to follow Christ embedded in Muslim culture. An interview with a Muslim follower of Isa. Can people from other religious traditions genuinely follow Jesus without becoming "Christians"? The question is a point of much dispute within today's missions … [Read more...]

The Incredible Tale of Klaus Kenneth

After an incredible, almost unbelievable life, one man tells Theo Panayides how his search for love was finally successful. Klaus Kenneth is God’s gift to newspapers. His life, as he tells it, has been so full of incident and adventure that the only problem for a journalist is how to fit it all in. He was a gang leader at 12, a terrorist at 22 and a junkie at 25. He’s been a Buddhist monk, a Hindu mystic and an occultist in Central America. He’s known Andreas Baader (of Baader-Meinhof fame) and Mother Teresa. The biography on his website (www.klauskenneth.com) offers more talking-points than could ever be encompassed in a single interview. … [Read more...]

Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

by Fr. James Bernstein A convert to Christianity from Judaism, Fr. James was a teenage chess champion whose dramatic conversion experience at the age of 16 led him to Christianity, and is also one of the founders of Jews For Jesus. His journey led him directly to the Orthodox Christian faith, and his journey is recounted in his book "Surprised By Christ," the story of a man searching for the truth and unable to rest until he finds it. He is the priest at St. Paul Church in Brier, WA. As a Jewish convert to Christ via evangelical Protestantism, I naturally wanted to know God better through the reading of the Scriptures. In fact, it had … [Read more...]

The Gift of Orthodoxy

by Elizabeth Huestis   St. Paul speaks of being "an Apostle out of due time" in the sense that he did not know Jesus first-hand, and did not travel around with Jesus the way that the other Apostles did. Yet God chose him particularly to have a special and useful place in the Church. In the same way, converts are not natural inheritors of Orthodoxy in the same way as are those people born in traditionally Orthodox countries and cultures. But God takes us from all sorts of places, adopting us in a special way, making us a part of His … [Read more...]