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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, Triumph 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
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