This film is a cute Christian-ish rom-com, which is a light-hearted and easy watch and yes brings home thought-provoking messages about marriage and parenthood. It has the traditional family values of a largely bygone era, and that, together with its simple sweetness, made me think it was an 80s or 90s film, but apparently it’s… Read More Your Love Never Fails: A Review
This is the last of the four autobiographical works penned by Jennifer Worth. The first, Call the Midwife, was the inspiration behind the very popular BBC series ‘Call the Midwife’, although the series has now moved entirely away from being based on Worth’s books (which is a shame, in my opinion, but that’s by the by). In… Read More In The Midst Of Life: A Review
Today is what we Orthodox call Judgement Sunday or Meatfare Sunday. Judgement Sunday because we reflect especially today on the fact that we will all stand before God in Judgement in Christ Jesus’ glorious and awesome Second Coming. Meatfare Sunday because this is the last day on which we can eat meat before the fasting for Great… Read More Prayer: Great Orthodox Christian Quotations, Part Four.
Sometimes – often, actually – I can be proud. Other times, I can feel so mired in the pit of my sinfulness that it’s hard to approach God (though I know we should never let our sins stop us from turning to God and running into the shelter of His loving arms – it’s when we… Read More Sin, Mercy, and Love: Great Orthodox Christian Quotations, Part Three.
I’ve noticed that there doesn’t seem to be a good and up-to-date list anywhere on the web of Orthodox Christian charities. And I don’t often remember hearing the work of Orthodox Christian charities out there being publicised at Orthodox churches I’ve attended. And that’s a pity, because there are wonderful Orthodox charities out there that need… Read More Orthodox Christian Charities
Today’s icon follows the theme of the last post in being another icon of Christ Pantocrator [meaning Almighty, ‘Pas’ being Greek for ‘all’, and ‘Kratos’ being Greek for ‘mighty’]. This is the oldest known icon of ‘Christ the Almighty’, dating back to the sixth century AD. What you notice immediately about this icon is that Christ has… Read More Great Orthodox Christian Quotations: Part Two – Others’ Sins
There are so many wonderful, heart-warming, and enlightening Orthodox quotations that I come upon scattered across the web, posted on Facebook groups, shared as memes, mentioned in articles, featured on websites. I’m sure there are some webpages collecting some of them, but I think there is room for more! So I am here beginning an ongoing… Read More Great Orthodox Christian Quotations: Part One
This was the kind of book that surprised me because it wasn’t at all how I expected it to be. Most of the book is set in the Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, where Kay Bruner, her husband Andy, and their four children lived, as missionaries involved in translating the New Testament into the… Read More As Soon As I Fell: A Review
I had a revelation today. Thinking, while walking to the supermarket, my world turned upside-down! I’ve struggled with self-image for a long time. I remember being about twelve and my friends held a voting competition on who had the nicest hair. No-one voted for my hair, which hurt, but what hurt more was that my friends… Read More Rejecting Society’s Idea of Beauty
When I was in Year 4 (3rd Grade), my awesome teacher (who completely turned my academic life around, but that’s another story!) banned the word ‘nice’. We weren’t allowed to write it and we weren’t allowed to say it. I seem to remember she had a big word cloud on the wall of all the… Read More Getting past ‘nice’ as a social construct