221. My First Trip to Greece – Part One: How I discovered Orthodoxy

Why did last week’s Post arrive on Thursday instead of Friday? (I, an Orthodox, have violated a tradition. Forgive me!) Because I poked the “publish” button by mistake, that’s why. Dear ones: After four weeks trying to deal with the perplexities of American Christianity, I need a break, and I suspect you do, too. . […]

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220. The Decline of Christianity in America: Part Four – The Mission of the Orthodox Church

I said that, were I starting from scratch today seeking not comfort but Truth, Christianity in America is such a perplexing contradictory mess that I might just give up on it. That is, unless by some chance I would find Jesus Christ. As I did. Actually He found me, but that’s another story.  That’s me, […]

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219. The Decline of Christianity in America, Part Three: The Rise of the “Nones”

                Welcome back! Apologies to any of you who wondered if I’m dead. I am not.  This Post is a (greatly revised) replacement for an earlier Part Three of this series, which some of you may or may not have received two weeks ago today. Confused? Me, too. […]

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218. The Decline of Christianity in America – Part Two: the Rise and Fall of Mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics, the Rise of the Evangelicals

I really wanted to wrap up this topic in two parts, but I’ve got so fascinated by it that I can’t seem to get stopped. So: In Part One last week, we looked at the facts regarding the overall decline of American Christianity. Part Two today will cover the topics shown above, but this will […]

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217. The Decline of Christianity in America – Part One

Part One: This week we’ll look at the depressing facts. The decline is unarguable. I don’t really intend to drive you crazy with charts and graphs and statistics, but we Orthodox need to know these things. Obviously we must go for Truth, not growth, but it is helpful to see what is not working lest we […]

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