by Fr. Josiah Trenham Putting this division and categorization to rest, Fr. Josiah clearly states the truth, and gives instruction about what to do about it. Enjoy. … [Read more...]
The Rank of Reader: History and More!
by John Nichiporuk The Orthodox divine service is performed by the priest and deacon in the altar, as well as singers and readers in the choir. Arguably we hear the voices of the readers most frequently in the church. They are assigned the important role of reading aloud the Paremias and the … [Read more...]
Make Men Masculine Again
In an Oprah-fied society, men are the villains, and manhood is the enemy. On the contrary, the Church needs men - not confused boys, pajama boys or 'beta males', for the leadership of Christ's Church. Passive men don't do the things that the Church, or society, needs men to do. Masculine men do. … [Read more...]
Russia Builds 5000 Churches, adds 10,000 Clergy in Six Years
"There could not be such growth in the Church if there were no demand. That is why we feel so special when we place the foundations of new churches..." Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that increasing number of Orthodox churches in Russia is testimony that the mission of the … [Read more...]
Why Smaller Churches are Making a Comeback
by Thom Rainer Smaller churches are poised to make a comeback. I’m serious. I see too many signs and indicators to believe otherwise. For certain, I know the bad news. The median size of a church has declined from around 100 to 70 in worship attendance in a decade. That means one-half of … [Read more...]
Church Reading: What Makes This Ministry So Important?
Sometimes people say, "I am just a reader," as though this were a petty or insignificant ministry. However, when the reader (whether tonsured or not) begins chanting the selection from the Acts or the Epistles, he or she is performing an evangelical ministry that is absolutely essential to the … [Read more...]
The Role of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the RC Scandal
The revelations of decades of abuse and cover-ups in the Roman Catholic Church is gut-wrenching. It calls for recognition, repentance, and penance on a massive scale. It also calls for serious study so that reforms (and reforms MUST come!) are effective. One of the challenges is that no one is … [Read more...]
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