Interfaith Lecture with HSU

UN World Interfaith Harmony Week event in Eureka – Press release St Innocent Orthodox Church will host a lecture and conversation on Muslim – Christian dialogue as part of a global UN and EUCLID sponsored week-long event dedicated to interfaith harmony. The Rev. Pr. Laurent Cleenewerck, a native of France and former resident of the […]

Understanding Orthodox Worship

Recently, a new form of worship has become widely popular among Christians.  Where before people would sing hymns accompanied by an organ then listen to a sermon, in this new worship there are praise bands that use rock band instruments, short catchy praise songs, sophisticated Powerpoint presentations, and the pastor giving uplifting practical teachings about […]

Lessons from the Kingdom Tower

You may have heard about the Kingdom Tower (photo above). It is to be the highest building in the world, almost a mile high! As the name indicates, it is to be built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the desert! On sand! For sure, they are going to have to pour lots of […]

Is Christianity a Western Religion?

Christianity is in the first place an oriental religion, and it is a mystical religion. (J.C. Barrois, Roots of Christian Mysticism, Introduction) “Western” is not necessarily a negative label, far from it! Western science is what gave us modern physics, relativity, quantum physics and with it our computers, cells phones, GPS systems, high-tech medicine etc. […]

Why atheism is wrong

Could atheism be true? Could bright people like Richard Dawkins, author of the “God delusion” be right. Why is atheism wrong?    

What is Biblical Worship?

Rediscovering WORSHIP: Are human beings supposed to create, invent their own forms of worship? In the Bible, God revealed the “pattern” to Moses and the Prophets after him as they saw the Eternal Worship that always takes place in the Heavens. The angels participate in it: we are called to enter into that eternally existing […]

Is the Rapture in the Bible?

Question: A friend of mine has been reading the Left Behind books that have all of this stuff about the “Rapture” in them. Is there really going to be a “Rapture” like these books talk about? Answer: No. The “Rapture” refers to a passage in First Thessalonians 4, where Christians are “caught up” in the clouds […]

What are non-denominational churches?

PART 1: NOT A HELPFUL (OR ACCURATE) LABEL A lot of Christians sincerely believe that they are just Bible Christians because the Church they attend is labelled “non-denominational.” Admittedly, there are so many Christian denominations in the United States that it is tempting to walk away from any label like “Baptist” “Pentecostal” “Evangelical” “Foursquare” etc. […]

Handout of Bible passages and verses for the Dormition of Mary the Theotokos

The following Bible passage were discussed in the sermon delivered on the Feast of Dormition. Please listen to the sermon on SoundCloud and use these texts to follow along: Biblical texts for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos Revelation 12:1 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with […]