Divided Over Faith and Culture

As a priest in the Coptic Orthodox Church, I acknowledge that there are few issues that cause greater fear, anxiety, and debate within the global Coptic Church than the topic of faith and culture. The good news is that this sort of debate goes all the way back to the 1st Century Church and can …

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The Danger of Indifference

From hurricanes to earthquakes, disease to unexplained death, we don’t have to look far to see the pain around us. Most of us are literally surrounded by suffering on a daily basis. In our families, at our jobs, and oftentimes within our own souls, there is pain and hurt that needs healing. Deep Darkness To …

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Make a Plan: HEALTHY LIVING

3 weeks into my health challenge, I finally realized I had been compulsively lying to myself about the state of my health.  My back, joints, and heart were hurting.  My sleep was poor.  My energy was way down.  My ability to concentrate was the worst it had ever been.  In a nutshell, things were not …

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Blood Stained Floors Across Egypt

Tragedy. Pain. Suffering. Murder.  This is daily life for Coptic Orthodox Christians (Copts) living in Egypt.  On Friday, May 26, 2017, another vicious attack was carried out against an unsuspecting group on pilgrimage to St. Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Upper Egypt.  Having left Minya – home to a large percentage of Egypt’s Christians – masked gunmen …

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St. Anianus Has a Home – WE CLOSED

Over the first 3 1/2 years of ministry of St. Anianus, we have seen God do remarkable things.  He has healed countless people of sins that have kept them in bondage for years.  He has brought a diverse group of people together to form a community focused on sharing the love of Christ with each other and …

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Drawing Strength [GUEST POST]

This is a guest post from Mora Sorial, my beautiful wife of 13 years, and amazing mother of my 3 children (Happy Mother’s Day)! You can email her at morasorial@gmail.com. I had to undergo a surgical procedure the other day at a local hospital.  The day before, the hospital called me for pre-admission and asked …

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The Health Challenge: HEALTHY LIVING

Easter Sunday is a day my family looks forward to each year!  After coming out of the long journey of Lent, an incredible week of Pascha at Church – including Good Friday & the Resurrection Feast – we were excited to have the entire Church community over our house.  We would be preparing made-to-order omelets, Nutella covered …

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