Tag Archives: Church History
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The Old Testament Canon

Today we continue to answer the question: Why are some books in the Bible while others were excluded and how was that decided? The canon of the Old Testament is a much more complicated collection than the New Testament. Unlike the New Testament that was written, collected, and pretty much standardized in the course of 300 […]

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The New Testament Canon

Why are some books in the Bible while others were excluded and how was that decided? This is a great question! Today I’m going to address the New Testament canon. Let’s start off with a little bit of context. By the end of the first century or early in the second century, all of the […]


Orthodox Music: Byzantine Chant

Learn to chant, so that you may experience the sweetness of the work,  for those who chant are filled with the Holy Spirit. – St. John Chrysostom The history of the Greek Orthodox Church can be described as a history of prayer through song. Following the ancient Greek philosophers, the Fathers of the Church recognized […]


New Podcast! Orthodox Apologetics: What is Orthodoxy?

In the latest episode of the OCF podcast, Media Student Leader Matthew Monos continues his conversation with Fr. Brendan Pelphrey about sharing Orthodoxy with others. Fr. Brendan addresses some of the ways we can answer the question, “What is Orthodoxy?” and gives tips on answering this question for people from different backgrounds. Click here to […]

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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, […]