About

These writings are part of my faith journey to Christ. I’ve grown up in a Christian home, experienced great acts of faith and crushing doubt. I’ve found the road again, but it wasn’t easy. I’m falling in love with the Triune God, maker of heaven and earth, through the Orthodox way.

I’m a husband, a father and a common man. I don’t claim to be capable of great feats or gigantic intellectual prose, but I do know that these thoughts are mine and I can only express them to you, hoping they resonate in your soul somehow.

Sincerely,
Zach

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Zach,

    I don’t know if you take requests, but I would be really interested to hear about the Orthodox Church’s approach to evangelism. I have been doing a lot of digging in the Orthodox way over the last 6 months and one thing I’ve noticed is the flow of Protestants to Orthodox faith. I know that others have written on this as well, but I haven’t seen much in the way of completely “non-Christian” people joining the Orthodox faith. I am not a church growth movement kind of guy or the person who just wants to hand out as many tracts as possible, but I feel like there should be a very steady flow of new converts in the church. I was wondering if you could write on Orthodox approaches to evangelism, realistically if people are converting and staying in the orthodox church, and how you help them to understand the wide matrix of history and doctrine that are used and referenced during each worship service? Thanks!

    • Hi Alex!

      So, I should first say I’m not yet catechized into the Orthodox church. I would like to do so someday, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I try not to write too much about the ecclesiology and inner-workings of the Orthodox church for this reason.

      That being said, the Orthodox approach to evangelism has been somewhat lacking in North America. The last great mission to America was arguably by St. Herman of Alaska and a group of Russian monks in that territory a couple hundred years ago. The Orthodox church abroad has had some difficulties in further missions in the past due to trouble at home. The Syrian and Constantinople churches had the Islamic occupation to deal with, Russia had the communists and Greece…well, I’m not sure what there deal was.

      However now that Orthodoxy is more firmly rooted in America, more and more mission efforts are popping up. Groups like FOCUS are bringing serving to the world from the church to the forefront. A lot of the more “westernized” church groups (meaning less ethnic baggage) have been more successful in starting programs to feed and clothe the poor, etc.

      As for how the Orthodox evangelize in GENERAL…they don’t do street corner preaching or hand out tracts or approach people asking “Are you born again?” Mostly because THEY don’t even know if they’re saved. They don’t make such presumptions. Rather, they show people the way to Christ through humbling one’s self to God and participating in the life of the Church. Giving all of one’s self to God and to one’s own neighbor are all part of evangelism.

      I do hope to write more about this in the future. In the mean time, I recommend The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way books by Mt. Kallistos Ware for a more well-rounded view of Orthodox evangelism.

      Great question, BTW!

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