With Fear of God, Faith, and Love, Draw Near

With Fear of God, Faith, and Love, Draw Near

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. —Matt. 10:28 We ought to fear God. This might seem to be an obvious point given Our Lord’s clear commandment to do so, but in some of modern Christianity […]

The Lamps of the Wise

The Lamps of the Wise

Despite the invention of both electricity and modern light bulbs, oil lamps remain a key aspect of Orthodox worship. Much could be said about the physical arrangement of these lamps in our churches as well their symbolic meaning and significance. Of their literal place in our churches or home prayer corners, this has been Christian […]

The Reputation of God

The Reputation of God

‘Your reputation precedes you.’ ‘Very nice to make your acquaintance.’ Or perhaps it isn’t. The aura surrounding certain people is almost palpable—as if you could visibly see it or reach out and grasp it. Interestingly enough, this example from everyday life is very much akin to what we as Christians call ‘glory.’ As many Orthodox […]