Ordained for Evangelism

And now, things begin in earnest.  I was ordained into the Holy Diaconate of the Orthodox Church by His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Charleston, Oakland, & the Mid Atlantic.  This took place at my home parish, St. Basil Orthodox Church in Hampton, on December 9th.  All praised due to God. About … More Ordained for Evangelism

Evangelism Across Boundaries: A Welcoming Heart

Fr. Moses Berry, the president of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, has often been asked for advice about sharing the Orthodox faith with African-Americans. He frequently responds, “You evangelize to blacks the same way you would to whites or anyone else.  You make them feel welcome in your parish.”  In this divisive and … More Evangelism Across Boundaries: A Welcoming Heart

The Desert Fathers: A Beacon for Evangelism

In his autobiography, Malcolm X stated that the Desert Fathers were the founders of Christian Church structure (1).  He also briefly mentioned St. Augustine as a defender of Church doctrine against heresy (2).  While Malcolm said these things specifically in is critique of white racism in Christianity, he does make an incidental point that should … More The Desert Fathers: A Beacon for Evangelism

Orthodox Evangelism & the African-American Community: A Two Way Street

I recently attended the Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Service at St. Constantine & Helen in Newport News, VA.  It was a blessing to see the clergy of our various jurisdictions from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach gather together to commemorate and worship one of the great high points of our faith.  That we affirm the … More Orthodox Evangelism & the African-American Community: A Two Way Street