Thursday, October 30, 2008

Glad Tidings

Orthodoxy has long been touted “Americas Best Kept Secret” but apparently the secret is getting out:  Study finds more U.S. Orthodox Christian converts.  Did you see this article in USA Today last week?     With the Orthodox Church growing in America and the reunification of the two parts of the Russian Church, this is good news indeed.

Does it mean more Americans are searching for the root of their faith?  Or maybe they are increasingly aware of the slippery slope their denomination is on with regard to a constantly shifting theological foundation?  Or, as was the case with me, are they searching for Christ centered worship that defines sacred?

I don’t know with certainty why the US is seeing so many new Orthodox converts, but as a former evangelical christian, I am delighted to welcome new brothers and sisters to the ancient faith.   Orthodox writers have acknowledged that evangelism is the crown jewel of Protestantism; with that knowledge  I am witnessing -through the internet and other media- a refreshed spirit born among these new converts who are on fire to share the fullness of the Christian faith.  And that is most encouraging.

*This charming painting was found at Lakewood Gallery & Framing Company by Rie Muñoz.

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