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I can answer general questions about the teachings of the Orthodox Church and Orthodox monasticism, particularly differences from Protestants and Catholics.

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Orthodox Christian convert from Protestantism over 30 years ago.


American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese


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1 year seminary training. 30 years research.

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy helping people become more aware of the vast treasure of the ancient Christian Faith that has been safeguarded by the Holy Orthodox Church for over 2000 years.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Orthodox comes from the Greek: Ortho Doxa, which has several meanings: Right Glory, True Praise, Correct Doctrine. The Orthodox Church teaches that it has correctly preserved the Apostolic Witness from the time of our Lord's Incarnation th until the present day.

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Our Lord, God, and Savior, Christ Jesus, did not give us a book. He gave us the Church, the continuing worshipping community of believers. It is in the Church and through the Church that the compendium of writings that we call the Bible was created.

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2017-04-21 salvation:

Orthodoxy says: "I am saved, I am being saved, I will be saved". This means that I am saved by the actual act of salvation that was accomplished by Christ through His crucifixion and resurrection. I am

2017-02-06 title "God-bearer":

Glory to Jesus Christ!    The Theotokos—she who bore God the Word—is, of course, unique in all of humanity. Through her as His mother, Christ came physically into the world. But several other people also

2017-01-30 Icon question:

The "Sacred Heart of Jesus", while very popular in the Catholic church, is definitely not an Orthodox tradition. In the early 20th century there was not a lot of Orthodox presence in America and Orthodox

2016-11-15 Orthodox female chanters wearing black robes:

Glory to Jesus Christ!    I am a cantor for my parish. I do not wear a cassock or a robe. Outside the GOA, very few Orthodox choirs wear robes.    Part of the issue is that, as a cantor/chanter, you already

2016-09-23 infant baptism:

Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism have very different ideas about the meaning of "original sin", so we also have very different ideas about what baptism actually accomplishes.    The Romans believe that


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