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My Personal Lord and Savior

Ever been asked this question? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Do you feel a little tongue-tied when this one’s thrown at you? On the one hand, you want to say, “yes,” and on the other, the question doesn’t quite sit right with you–something about it is off. I know […]

Icons Are Not Idols

This week’s campus question: What’s up with all the pictures? Isn’t that like idol worship? Doesn’t the Bible forbid that? Explaining iconography to someone who doesn’t pray with icons can be a little daunting. For us Orthodox, it’s as natural and normal as reading the Gospel, and we all sort of instinctively know that we’re […]

So You’re Not Catholic?

As I promised last week, today we’ll tackle another really common question you probably get asked on campus: So you’re sort of like Catholic? What’s the difference? Talking about Orthodox-Catholic relations and history is no easy task. Don’t get me wrong, there are volumes and volumes on the subject, but not a whole lot that […]

Plan an OCF Meal

OCF chapters are always looking for new ways to engage more students. Here’s an easy fellowship event you can add to your calendar to attract more students. As we’ve said before, you’ll have better attendance over time if you meet consistently and offer a variety of activities. Once a week is really best, but that doesn’t […]

Five Minute Church History Lesson

We’re talking outreach again this week. Now that we have the principles down, what can we say when we get questioned about our faith? Let’s start with the hardest question you’ll probably get. Orthodox? What’s that? In the back of my head, I’m always thinking…”Hmm…where to start?” It will take us all a lifetime of liturgy, […]

How Do We Share Orthodoxy?

What do we say to non-Orthodox people about Orthodoxy? This is probably the number one question I hear floating around OCF chapters and conversations with young adults. As Orthodox Christians in North America, we are certainly a religious minority, and as college students on diverse campuses, you have been–willingly or not–selected as ambassadors and representatives of […]