FYI – I will be speaking at St Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, this weekend, January 31st, at their annual Winter Retreat — and in Chicago, February 13-14th, for the 26th Annual Young Adult (YAL) Ministries Conference sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.
If you’re in the area, join us! Click the links for details.
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I finished One Flew Over the Onion Dome last night and really enjoyed it. A lot of what I read really resonated with me, especially the part about the vulnerability required by love. When my girlfriend and I broke up it took me a long time to move on. Of course this is an incomparable matter to the vulnerability experienced by Christ on the cross, but it made me realize that in order to love as He does I have to be willing to be vulnerable, which is tough.
I loved the part about Orthodoxy in the South too … your descriptions of us Southern folk were on target. Your commentary on the convert/revert struggle with the burden of their own sin and lack of progress in the faith as a result of such weight really hit home. It’s been something I think I’ve been struggling with lately … the more I learn the more I realize how unworthy I am of Christ. I have to keep trying though and commit myself to do so.
I just really enjoyed the book and wanted to thank you for the time you spent writing it. I hope to start your second one soon.
One Flew & Defeating Sin … here.
One thing we must not forget: Orthodoxy is Christianity. You cannot add Orthodoxy to Christianity. Rather it is Christianity. We shouldn’t beat others over the head with this fact but we should never shy away from it.
— taken from One Flew Over the Onion Dome as cited in the Report on Evangelism for the year 2008 for St. Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL, by Lee Kopulos.