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...]

A Life in a String of Epiphanies

by Reader John I’ve been blogging now for more than seven years, and religion has been a frequent topic. But I’m pretty sure I’ve never set out an orderly account of my religious pilgrimage or explained just what my beefs are with the Christian traditions I’ve left. I intend to remedy that right now. I considered serializing this, but that seemed ostentatious. The result is a longish blog, but one blog seems adequate. I structure this under four epiphanies for the simple reason that it genuinely seems to me that there have been four major turning points in my Christian life, and that each involved an “Aha! moment.” I’m not going heavy on … [Read more...]

Utah Mormons, Protestants Finding New Spiritual Home in Ancient Orthodox Church

by Bob Mims Utah Mormons and Protestants are rediscovering a reverence for God by converting to Orthodoxy. It shook the fundamentalist Christian world to its roots: Hank Hanegraaff, the darling of evangelicals as host of the long-running, nationally syndicated "Bible Answer Man" broadcast, had joined the Greek Orthodox Church. Hanegraaff, for nearly 30 years president of the Christian Research Institute, an evangelical apologetics ministry, also has written 20 books opposing purported cults and heresies and non-Christian faiths. If ever evangelicals had a doctrinal superhero, Hanegraaff was he. But on Palm Sunday, in a video released via … [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...]