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Be the Bee # 173 | Redemption & Repentance (Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt)
Jesus tells us that He came to shed His blood and "give His life as a ransom for many.” But what exactly does that mean? What does the Orthodox Church teach about atonement?Read More
Be the Bee # 172 | What is Real Christian Faith? (Sunday of Saint John Climacus)
We often think of faith as meaning either "certainty" (confidence that some idea is true) or "religiosity" (participation in a group's activities). But the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent is dedicated to Saint John Climacus, and the top rung of his "Ladder of Divine Ascent" describes faith.Read More
Be the Bee #169 | Why We Venerate Icons (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
After weeks of learning about forgiveness and pride and judgment, we begin Great Lent with a Sunday dedicated to icons. Why? On one level, this is the anniversary of the triumph over Iconoclasm in 843 AD. But there's more to this triumph than meets the eye.Read More
Be the Bee #160 | Why Does God Allow Suffering?
2020 has been a rough year. Why does God allow bad things to happen? Why do bad things happen even to good people? People have struggled with theodicy (the problem of evil and suffering) for centuries.Read More
Be the Bee #159 | What it Means to Be a Man (or Woman)
What does it really mean to be a man or a woman? Society usually gives us two extremes: to accept every gender stereotype (no matter how superficial), or to completely reject the differences between male and female (no matter how obvious).Read More
Be the Bee #158 | How to "Give Thanks in All Circumstances"
Thanksgiving is a time to feel grateful. But that attitude of gratitude can go away as soon as we're done with the turkey. How do we keep it going? Saint Paul tells us to "give thanks in all circumstances." Because real gratitude is more than a feeling. As we see in the Parable of the Rich Fool, it starts with remembering one crucial thing.Read More
Be the Bee #157 | 3 Reasons to Fast from Social Media
Why do we fast from good things like tasty food? A the start of the Nativity Fast, we'll share three basic reasons why fasting helps transform our spiritual lives. But then we'll go a little deeper and explore why these same reasons suggest you should fast, not just from food, but from social media as well.Read More
Be the Bee #156 | 3 Ways Christians Can Deal with Temptation
Does having bad thoughts make you a bad person? What should Christians do with the temptations we experience? The Church refers to these thoughts as logismoi: the thoughts that tempt us and can lead us into sin. And Christians have been dealing with these temptations from the beginning.Read More
Be the Bee #155 | How Should Orthodox Christians Preach the Gospel?
Orthodox Christianity is perhaps the best-kept secret in America. Why? And how can we help share the Good News?Read More
Be the Bee #154 | Why People Stop Being Christians (and What We Can Do About It)
Adults fear that young people will grow up and stop being Christians. But no one ever fears that a kid will stop rooting for their favorite sports team. Why?Read More
Be the Bee #153 | Is Self-Care Selfish?
#WorldMentalHealthDay can help raise awareness about the importance of self-care. But does this mean self-indulgence? Is taking care of your health a selfish thing that Christians should avoid? Aren't we called to sacrifice everything for God and neighbor?Read More
Be the Bee #152 | How Christians Can Save Politics
Politics are toxic and the world seems full of darkness. Is our job, as Christians, to fight that darkness? We'll review the advice of two greats saints (St Isaac the Syrian and St Poprhyrios of Kavsokalyvia) to see how we can bring the Light of Christ into a world darkened by toxic politics.Read More
Be the Bee #151 | The Amazing Strength of Jesus
Whether it's a mean comment or act of violence, why is it so easy to hurt people? And why should we care? We're all afraid of being weak, and will often hurt others to feel strong. Yet Jesus showed us that true strength often involves being weak: this is the way of love and the cross.Read More
Be the Bee #150 | Are You Struggling to Pray?
Sticking to our daily prayer rule can be tough! But why? We'll explore the simple reason prayer can feel crammed into our day rather than a natural part of it. And we'll offer a simple way to help you transform wasted moments into opportunities for connection with God.Read More
Be the Bee #149 | Why We Judge Others (and How to Stop)
It's easy to point our finger at someone else's mistakes, rather than focus on our own. Why? We'll explore the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant and the two big things that make it easy to judge others.Read More
Be the Bee #148 | Do We Act Like Christians?
If your parish suddenly disappeared, would anyone notice? Are we living out the Gospel in our neighborhoods and communities? Because we believe the same things that the first Christians taught. But do we act like them?Read More
Be the Bee #147 | How to Start (and Keep) a Prayer Rule
Struggling to say your prayers? We want to help you connect with God!Read More
Be the Bee #146 | Does God Have a Plan for You? (w/ Anna Karos)
Have you ever felt pressure about getting into the right school? Getting the right job? "Vocation" is about a lot more than a job. It's about how we respond to God's call.Read More
Be the Bee #145 | Dear Class of 2020 (w/ Christina Andresen)
Graduation ceremonies across the country have been cancelled. The Church is here to honor you! But we're not simply honoring your grades or extracurriculars. Steve is joined by Christina Andresen (Director of Ministries for Orthodox Christian Fellowship) to explore how Pentecost can shape our graduation celebration.Read More
Be the Bee #144 | Staying Healthy During Coronavirus
Feeling scared to go back to school or work? What about Church? This has been a crazy time for us all. So Steve and Christian are back to share four keys to staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic (and as public place begin to reopen). They even made a companion journal to the episode. The journal offers guided questions to help you stay healthy: mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.Read More
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