The Last First Step

by Stephen Brannen Back in 2011 I started writing a series of posts entitled “According to the Whole” which was focused on exploring the issue of Christian disunity and where I was looking for possible solutions. The posts were personal and were informed by my own intellectual and experiential journey, but they weren’t overtly autobiographical. I used them to ask questions, make diagnoses, and offer prescriptions in a general sense, but I didn’t use them to tell much of my story. Now my story which spawned those questions and thoughts has reached a definitive point, even a conclusion of sorts, and I want to finally tell it. I was born to … [Read more...]

Finding the Communion that Never Ends

by Jon Boatwright My journey to the Orthodox Church began in a way that has been hard for me to put into words. People often ask me why I converted to the Eastern Church from a Protestant tradition. That's usually when I start rambling. But I've also discovered that many others have similar difficulties. It's simply difficult to describe the inner life. Then I'll try to keep to the stepping stones. As a young man attending a little Baptist church in Arkansas I recall loving Sunday School but somewhere there began emerging a questioning or even uneasiness regarding Baptist teachings or rather their answers to my questions and I had lots of … [Read more...]

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 the story of his wife's converstion here, My Wife Came Home to Orthodoxy. John Gresham, Jr., President of the VA Brotherhood of St Moses the Black & Member of St. Basil Antiochian Orthodox Church, Hampton. Enjoy!     Orthodox Evangelizing with African-Americans … [Read more...]

“Are We Going To Convert?” – My Journey To The True Church

by Isaac Bicko Before I delve too deep into my journey to the Church, I would like to reflect a little bit on my childhood with an anecdote… One of my earliest memories is one of when my neighbor (also my best friend at the time) and I were playing in my backyard on a snowy December day. He was telling me about how excited he was for Santa Claus to come and listed off all the things he hoped that ole’ St. Nick would bring him, as most six year olds do. I then proceeded to tackle him deep into the snow and strangle him, shouting in his face, “There is no Santa! Only baby Jesus!” As you can see, I was raised to have quite a passion and … [Read more...]