The long road home.

ROAD_TO_HEAVEN_THIS_ONEOn my own accord as a little boy I used to walk about a mile to the Baptist church that some of my extended family was a part of. My aunt taught Sunday school there. These were during the good days when a little kid could walk to church on Sundays in a good little southern country town where nothing ever went wrong. Oddly enough, every Sunday, I’d walk past a church with a big golden dome on it, but I didn’t know anyone there and I was too intimidated to walk in. It was called St. Mary’s.

All throughout my early youth I continued on with the Baptists, doing the little Christmas plays and learning about the usual Sunday school material.

Eventually we moved from that town and I started going to church with a different side of the family at a local Pentecostal assembly, still just up the street from where I live now. It wasn’t really a church thing for me at that time, even as a little boy, even though I loved the activities and things with my family and friends then, I knew something was missing and frankly… shallow. I was done coloring pictures of Jonah and the whale and leaving the room when it was time for the grown people to hear their message… I never understood why the children were encouraged(sometimes forced) to leave the main area of the church when the real preaching was getting started. That’s what I wanted to hear. I was thirsting for something substantial that I could never find, and it wasn’t being filled by the redundant praise music and childish activities we were being spoon-fed. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Orthodoxy. The Best-Kept Secret

By Fr. Peter Gillguist

He who seeks, finds.

He who seeks, finds.

When we came into the Orthodox Church in 1987, I started getting telephone calls from newspaper reporters and radio and T.V. people in cities I was about to visit. Often,they were responding to a news release sent out by a Church where I was to speak. They generally wanted to hear more about our story of 2000 evangelicals becoming Orthodox. They would ask me about charismatics and Episcopalians coming as well.

Then, almost always, before the end of the interview, they would insert, «Well, is this a trend?»

My answer was, «I’m not prepared to say that.» I would often add, «I think it will be one day.» But I felt it would be hype to call it a trend. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »