Removing My Spiritual Tattoo

Kathy Escobar has a thought-provoking post today. In it she writes: it’s easier to default toward bondage than freedom. i will go so far to say that we have a fatal attraction toward control & power (not a crazy-boil-bunnies-fatal-attraction, but a propensity to keep going back to what’s not good for our souls). we like leaders [Read More...]

Does Communion Build Up or Tear Down Love?

There is an interesting conversation regarding the Eucharist over at Homebrewed Christianity. From Dan Hauge: (I)t’s worth questioning whether Paul’s reiteration of Jesus’ instructions to take the Eucharist “in remembrance of me” is really geared toward remembering the theological significance of Good Friday (as it’s often been understood), or if he might rather be emphasizing [Read More...]

Sin the Chronic Illness

I know something about chronic illness in 2007 I contracted Lyme disease with a co-infection of Bartonella. To add to the bacterial stew my body was doing its best to fight off, a dormant Epstein-Barr Syndrome resurfaced. My immunity was so low that any defenses my body created were torn down. Since then I have [Read More...]

There is No Place God is Not

I read a beautiful quote this morning: God is everywhere. There is no place God is not… You cry out to Him, ‘Where art Thou, my God?’ And He answers, “I am present, my child! I am always beside you.’ Both inside and outside, above and below, wherever you turn, everything shouts, ‘God!’ In Him [Read More...]

Refusing the Gangster God: Why I’m Orthodox

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Why did I choose to become Orthodox? This is a question with a potentially long answer so I’ll highlight why. It came down to one question: Why did Jesus die? I was baptized Catholic and then went through a few stages of Protestantism as my mom sought a different expression of her faith. If memory [Read More...]

Complementary But Equal: Women in Orthodoxy

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I don’t understand the full teaching of how Orthodoxy understands the role of women in the church. However, let me restate that this blog is about what I am learning and practicing in a very new way for me to understand “church” and Christianity as a whole. How women are viewed is an important issue [Read More...]

If This is Orthodoxy, What is Heterodoxy?

As a Reformed (Presbyterian) Evangelical I understood that heterodoxy was anything that fell out of line with the essentials as prescribed in the Confessions of the Reformed tradition. Aside from doctrines like the Trinity, dual nature of Christ, and the primacy of Scripture there were other doctrines that fit into this version of orthodoxy. These [Read More...]

Entering Orthodoxy

Yesterday I was sealed with the Holy Spirit and became an Orthodox Christian. What does this mean? As Father Deacon and I were making our way down to the church I told him that one thing that bothered me about so much Theology in the West is the continual insistence on trying to figure things [Read More...]

Leaving Protestantism

Today is my last official day of being Protestant. Last week there was a sadness that accompanied my excitement about being received into a tradition that I believe has been boiling in my blood for a very long time. During my time as a Presbyterian (USA) and then in the Emergent community I made a [Read More...]


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