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RESOURCES FOR ENQUIRERS

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Orthodox Christianity has been described in the West, as "the best kept secret". 

This treasure should not be a secret. For decades most Orthodox parishes in "the West" were established by emigrant communities to serve their people. They placed less emphasis on mission. Unfortunately some parishes have been more 'ethnic' and less Christian - less welcoming to enquirers than our faith demands.

This is changing, thank God. Increasingly people are searching for The Church - for unchanging beliefs, more liturgical and less self-centered worship, for deeper and transformative communion with God.

Anyone who searches earnestly, will know that Orthodoxy has the fullness of the Christian faith - it is the pearl of great price.

Social media and the internet may not always offer the best introductions. Anyone with half a mind to write about Orthodoxy unfortunately often does! (e.g. me)

I offer to any enquirers some links and recommendations which are generally considered by most of the orthodox world to be "sound". 

Come and see!

Visit your local Orthodox Christian church and ask to speak with the priest.

I pray the Holy Spirit leads you home.

(click on underlined links)

1. ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF EVERY SERVICE

This site offers English translations for every service of every day - also an App

https://digitalchantstand.goarch.org/goa/dcs/dcs.html

 

2. BOOKS

The Orthodox Study Bible.

Translations matter and study notes matter a lot. Many modern translations clearly lead people towards Western (mis) understandings. This translation is competent and the notes are excellent. Also available as an app! Ours is the Church which put together the bible.

"The Orthodox Way" Bishop Kallistos Ware - who shows the meaning of Orthodox doctrine for the life of the individual Christian. His other book.. .also a classic "The Orthodox Church" traces the history and development of  the apostolic church.

For the Life of the World.  Fr. Alexander Schmemman. 

In For the Life of the World Alexander Schmemann suggests an approach to the world and life within it, which stems from the liturgical experience of the Orthodox Church. He understands issues such as secularism and Christian culture from the perspective of the unbroken experience of the Church, as revealed and communicated in her worship, in her liturgy - the sacrament of the world, the sacrament of the Kingdom.

"Thirsting for God in a land of Shallow Wells" by Matthew Gallatin

Ideal for people from a protestant background who have difficulty seeing clearly through their coloured glasses. 

Wounded by Love

We love and venerate our Saints. They are people who have  traveled the narrow way and succeeded and we celebrate and study their lives and sayings. St Porphyrios is one of the most beloved miracle working, clairvoyant, prophetic and grace-filled modern day saints of Greece and this book reveals him to us ( and through him, our Lord) ..

The Religion of the Apostles

Biblical Scholar, Fr Stephen D Young, presents the Orthodox Christian Church of today as a continuation of the religious life of the apostles, which in turn was a continuation of the life of the people of God since the beginning of creation

 

3. ONLINE RESOURCES

SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES IN AN ORTHODOX WAY

Explore the bible and the early church with biblical scholar Dr. Jeannie Constantinou (podcasts, books, talks  & more)

VERSE BY VERSE THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES

Fr. Stephen De Young, priest and biblical scholar in his Whole Counsel of God podcast

Ancientfaith.com 

Ancient Faith Ministries is an incredible online resource with many offerings including radio, podcasts, and a wonderful collection of writers who blog on a range of topics

Rock & Sand

(Apologetics) This is the first of two videos where Fr. Josiah Trenham discusses his book by the same title. This is an excellent, gracious examination of the protestant world through the Orthodox eyes of a former protestant.

Patristix

YouTube series covering  interesting things from the early centuries of the Christian faith. They talk about heroes and saints, the history of traditions and customs, and how to tie all of this in to our walk with God, our fellowship in the Church, and our path towards Jesus Christ.

 

Be the Bee

Over 100 brief, fun yet theologically sound videos explaining our faith in an easily understandable manner. Especially for our youth...

Frederica.com

A former feminist turned Orthodox. The wife of a priest. She speaks and writes well. All her books are excellent

The Lord of Spirits Podcast

The seen and the unseen world in Orthodox Christian tradition. It will blow your mind. It will fill in the gaps that make no sense in scripture. Lots of pop-culture references too... (also via the Ancient Faith site)

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING BY FR. THOMAS HOPKO (of blessed memory)

Especially his beautiful talk "From Shadow to Reality"

And on 'the problem of suffering' his "The Word of the Cross" (4 parts)

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