The Need for Spiritual Heroes: Ordinary People

When regular people deeply engage themselves in prayer and holy living, a whole society can shine in God’s grace. There is an admiration for Russia in the Orthodox Christian world. Saints such as Ignatius Brianchaninov, John of Kronstadt, and Theophan the Recluse are among the greatest writers of our faith. Kings and queens of theContinue reading “The Need for Spiritual Heroes: Ordinary People”

The Need for Spiritual Heroes

One of the greatest failures of Protestantism is the rejection of the saints as spiritual role models. The “Bible only” and “Jesus only” ideal has taken away the practice of personal imitation and replaced it with one book that is subject to denominational and personal interpretation. Jesus Christ is God the Son. But, to isolateContinue reading “The Need for Spiritual Heroes”

Icons: Why the Pictures?

Iconography in the Orthodox Church is something most Christians are unfamiliar with and some strongly object to.  Some churches have stained glass images of Jesus and perhaps a few biblical characters, or a cross.  There are congregations that have a popular tapestry or painting of the Lord.  But it is more for decoration rather thanContinue reading “Icons: Why the Pictures?”

Stop the Hate? See a Saint

There is no shortage of past and present racism in America. The enslavement of Africans and African-Americans and the genocide against Native Americans is well documented. Today, we are witnessing ethnic based attacks that may have been swept under the rug in the days before video recording attacks on Asian Americans and the Black LivesContinue reading “Stop the Hate? See a Saint”