16 Ways You Might Be Orthodox

16 Ways You Might Be Orthodox

You check what day of the week it is before deciding what to eat. And if it’s not a Wednesday or Friday, you’re definitely going with meat. Your saint’s day is a bigger deal than your birthday. People ask you why you cross yourself backwards. Church camp is the most...
Intercede for Us! Who are the Saints?

Intercede for Us! Who are the Saints?

I recently attended an amazing choral concert at a local Presbyterian church. The church was massive–vaulted ceilings, cross-shaped layout, glittering chandeliers, and a golden cross suspended from the ceiling that was probably twice my size–but most...
Making Time to Pray

Making Time to Pray

I hope you’ll all forgive me, but today I’m going to share a bit of personal experience in response to a student question. How do we balance academic studies with prayer time? As I thought about this question and how to answer it, I couldn’t help...

Why We Fast: Purifying our Prayer

Like many other “second-order” virtues, fasting is spiritually beneficial principally because of what it enables us to do, or learn, or achieve, rather than intrinsically, in its own right. Fasting assists us in prayer by a) clearing the mind, b) by removing certain...