Glory to God for All Things is written and maintained by Fr. Stephen Freeman. All unsigned posts are written by him.

Fr. Stephen is an Orthodox Priest under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America. He serves as the Rector of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

He is the author of numerous published articles and the book, Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe. He is also the author of the popular podcast, Glory to God, on Ancient Faith Radio.

Fr. Stephen has a B.A. in Classical Languages from Furman University (1977), a M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (1980), and a M.A. in Theology from Duke University (1991). His thesis at Duke was entitled 
The Icon as Theology.

Comments are welcome. Those commenting are asked to be respectful of others and to express disagreement with kindness. This is a private blog – all comments are subject to being removed for the sake of the greater conversation or for disturbance of the peace.

123 Responses to “About”

  1. seth Says:

    fr stephan,

    i’m thrilled you joined the blog world with your own blog. i shall look forward to reading more from you. meeting you last year in atlanta at st john’s was quite fun.

  2. Daniel Greeson Says:

    glad to see you join the blog world Father.

  3. Priest Matthew Jackson Says:

    Fr. Stephen-

    Christ is in our midst!

    Nice blog. I think you will find that many people will find your blog, and you will be able to share the richness of Orthodoxy with them. If you are so inclined, take a peak at mine, listed in the website blank above. May God bless your effort to reach people in His name.

    Priest Matthew

  4. fatherstephen Says:

    He is and ever shall be!

    Thank you for the good words. I look forward to enjoying your site.

  5. Michaelszy Says:

    Wonderful blog Fr. Stephen! It is a true to gift to read your articles and selections.

  6. tmatt Says:

    Father bless:

    Father Stephen, I seem to have lost your most recent email address.

    Please drop me a line to make sure I have the right one.


  7. Theron Mathis Says:

    this is great.

    I linked you on my blog.

  8. Tylor Says:

    I was wondering where you found this bit of information on your “pagans” post:

    “Neither did we borrow the date for Christmas from the pagans (that’s a 19th century German myth). The use of December 25th for Christmas predates the feast for Sol Invictus, instituted by Marcus Aurelius, by some decades. So it’s not about the winter soltice (sorry again, pagans).”

    That struck my curiosity and I’d like to know more.

  9. Anna Says:

    Father Stephen,

    I stumbled across your blog a little earlier today, and have been enjoying reading your posts, especially your thoughts on the smallness of god, and on paganism.

  10. Fr. Philip LeMasters Says:

    Fr. Stephen:
    Greetings in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ!
    Were you in the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University in the late 80’s? I was, and was a Southern Baptist at the time. I am now a priest in the Antiochian Archdiocese. If any of this rings a bell, please email me. If not, please forgive.
    Asking for your prayers for this unworthy priest,

    Fr. Philip

  11. thomas Says:


    I just wanted to thank you for the blog. I have been reading it for about a month, and consistently find my heart touched by what you write here. In my experience this is a rare thing to find anywhere, even more so on the internet.

    Although I am not a member of the Orthodox Church (I am a Roman Catholic – not too offensive to you I trust ;), your blog has been a means of real grace for me. I hope this encourages you!

    I will pray that God continue to bless you and if you should think of it, please say a small quick prayer for me as well.


  12. Chuck Says:

    Fr. Stephen,

    It turns out that my wife is a friend of an old friend of yours (from Greenville). We are currently attending a local Episcopal parish in NC. We have Orthodox friends and occasionally join them for services at the OCA parish in Charlotte, NC (there we met Archbishop DMITRI)

    I’m also from Knoxville originally and have lots of family over there. We hope to meet you one of these days while over in that neck of the woods.

  13. Stephanos of Nikopolis Says:

    Father Stephen,

    I just discovered your blog indirectly through the http://orthodoxwiki.org/Online_Orthodox_Communities

    May God bless the work of your hands!

    With your blessing, I would link your blog to mine.

    In Christ,


  14. fatherstephen Says:

    Thank you Stephanos. May the Lord bless you!

  15. intlxpatr Says:

    I read your blog often, but I am so intimidated by all your learned commenters that I rarely make a peep. Your blog feeds my soul. I love coming here; it is like a quiet traditional church.

  16. fatherstephen Says:

    Commentators run the gamut here – from learned to just simple folk needing an answer to a question. Please feel free to comment or ask. My rule is to try and keep kindness as the norm.

  17. Blake Says:

    Father, bless. Christ is in our midst!

    I’ve really enjoyed the posts I’ve read on your blog. Time permitting I’ll be reading more and more of them. I added you to my blogroll. You’re most welcome to take a peek at mine if you’d like to.

    Ever the sinner, a simple catechumen,


  18. Beau in NC Says:

    Father Stephen, You mention a Protestant seminary and Stanley Hauerwas. Did you attend, by any chance, Duke? I was there in the mid seventies.
    Boyd Holliday

  19. Curtis McMinn Says:

    I look forward to reading your blog!

  20. Beau in NC Says:

    Father Stepehen, you would be interested in this article that appeared in Christianity Today. It describes the movement of many evangelicals toward Orthodoxy and Catholic traditions. I especially recommend that any interested in these developments do a search on the name Thomas Oden.


  21. Mike Boyd Says:

    Fr. Stephen,

    I just discovered your blogsite – well done! How do you find the time to do all that you do?

    Thank you for all you have contributed to our journey of faith.

    God bless you and your family.

  22. fatherstephen Says:


    I time travel. It’s the only way to multi-task.

  23. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    Father Stephen,

    Would you consider listing Just Genesis on your blogroll? It has much of interest to Orthodox Christians and my thinking would benefit from more interaction with Orthodox readers. You will find it here:


  24. Beau in NC Says:

    I would be interested in your thoughts on the doctrine of apocatastasis. Wikipedia defines it as the idea that hell will be abolished and all (lost souls included) will be saved. But I wonder if that isn’t confusing apocatastasis, which is a broad statement about the final reconcilition of “all things” in Christ, with only one question, that of universal salvation. Might not final reconciliation mean more? Can it be taught or understood without answering the question of who will (or won’t) be saved? And if that question is set aside, then what does it mean?

  25. fatherstephen Says:

    The apocatastasis is not a part of Orthodox doctrine. There are some mild speculations within about three fathers that in the end God’s mercy triumphs over all. But as far as the Church’s teaching is concerned, we affirm that most assuredly some will refuse the love of God. Whether that will remain eternal is perhaps more open for speculation. But I cannot go further than the teaching of the Church.

  26. Thomas Eric Ruthford Says:

    I really like your blog! I’ve started one of my own about the Plight of the Single Person. I’d appreciate hearing what you think of it.

    In Christ,

  27. Nina Says:


    I have been blessed in this one second in my life to come across your blog via the blog stnicholasdallas. God is merciful to His servant.

    I am overcome by the beauty and truth of what I have been reading here….more so when the direct simplicity of HOW it is written is taken into account.

    I look forward to getting to know you and all the others who write/comment here.

    With Christian love,

  28. T.A. James McCallum Says:

    Good afternoon,

    I have really enjoyed your blog. At the moment I am developing a site in Australia and wanted to ask where you sourced your digital images of antiquity?

    Covenantal blessings,
    TA James McCallum

  29. fatherstephen Says:

    Mostly those of antiquity were in my computer when I bought it (Hewlitt-Packard). I use a lot of shots from my own travels. Other images I hunt down on the web – usually through google images.

  30. sceptik Says:

    wow, orthodox foreigners have blogs also… This is amaizing. I’m from Romania and I also have a blog: http://sceptik.wordpress.com . In Romania there are tenths of orthodox blogs, of a very good quality. Also, you might wanna checj this out as well: http://eresulcatolic.50webs.com/aggiornamento.html which shows the apostasy of the catholic church and the bad consequences of Aggiornamento. Click on those links…

  31. Myrna Martin Says:

    Fr. Stephen,

    Please forgive, but I was hoping to get in contact with you concerning possibly speaking engagements. I am a member of St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN, with Fr. Stephen Rogers. This comments field was the easiest manner I saw in which to leave you a message. I will continue to look for an email address as well.

    You can reach me at yolanrym@comcast.net . Thank you so much.

    Myrna Martin

    (written and posted by Miriam Martin, Myrna’s daughter, who is a little better at navigating websites. 🙂

  32. Sophia Says:

    Good afternoon, I have been reading your blog for several weeks and I love that it gives me things to think about as I go through my day. It also gives me a substitute for participating in office gossip (something that I am prone to do when I am not mindful of it). I have noticed on your blog whenever I see the name of the Archbishop mentioned, it is is all caps. i.e. “Archbishop DMITRI.” Why is this? Is this the proper way to write his name, or is “Archbishop Dmitri” also acceptable?
    Thank you,

  33. fatherstephen Says:

    It is conventional, in Russian practice (I presume) that the name of the Bishop be in all Caps.

  34. Rob Says:


    I’m not sure how I came across your blog originally but I check in here from time to time. I’m not a religious person at all and most of the time I question the existence of god completely. Still, something makes me return to this subject (and sometimes your blog). Sometimes something specific calls me back.

    I live in Winnipeg, Canada. A few days ago, a horrific murder happened on the highway, on a greyhound bus, between Winnipeg and Brandon Manitoba. A 22 year old was murdered and decapitated in front of all of the passengers on the bus – for no reason.


    In case the contents of the links above change- Tim Mclean was stabbed as many as 40 times (the actual number of times has not been released yet) and then decapitated. His murderer walked up and down the isle of the bus with his head and was rumored to have eaten parts of Tim’s corpse. This happened in front of a crowd of people. No one even tried to help Tim Mclean.

    People are talking about this everywhere in Winnipeg. Yesterday while at work, I casually mentioned that I had some trouble sleeping the night the story broke on the news. A work mate nearby chimed in and claimed the same. I had a nightmare about it actually, the first in years; and I’ve had trouble sleeping since. A third person in my office overheard and came by to also talk about how disturbed he was over this.

    It’s been a while since I have spoken to god. I usually don’t bother because I have the hardest time understanding that a supreme being can exist. But I want to believe. I am trying and yet things keep happening in daily life that say otherwise.

    Yet, today, I started to pray for Tim Mclean- someone I never knew. I am ashamed to say that I kind of fell apart when I began.

    What I tried to say was something like this:
    “GOD: A few days ago, your child, Tim Mclean died horribly at the hands of a monster and well before his time. I can’t fathom why you decided it was time for him to return home so early and why he had to come back to you in the way he did. I beg you to erase the last moments from his memory and let his heart and spirit be filled with joy and happiness. Help his family and friends in their suffering too. I don’t know him, but I bet Tim did not deserve an end like that.”

    What came out in stead was this:
    “GOD: Where are you? Did you know what has happened to Tim Mclean? Did you even notice or what it part of your plan- that he die the way he did without meaning or reason? What that your intention? What’s your plan for his killer?? Where you just in a bad mood when you allowed a monster to massacre your child right in front of you (and all of us)? You toy with us.”

    .. and it goes downhill from there.

    I find that I am not adequate to say a prayer for Tim.

    I wonder, if in one of your sermons; you might ask your followers to join you in a prayer for Tim Mclean and his family.

    Rob W

  35. Patty Joanna Says:

    Dear Rob,

    While I am no more adequate than you to pray, I will say a prayer tonight for Tim. I know what it is to be deeply moved — to tears — by one you have never met. Will you say a prayer for the child Ben who is suffering from cancer and the treatment for it? Neither of us is adequate, but Christ is.

    Patty Joanna

  36. Gerry Says:


    A horrible, shocking occurrence of course, but such things happen every day – when it’s a computer game like strike on a ‘facility’ somewhere in the Middle East from a hi-tech US stealth bomber, the human suffering (euphemistically called collateral damage) does not seem quite so dramatic….the point is that God is not to be called into question for doing or allowing it. He allows us free will to make the better choices and suffers for us when we don’t.

    If you question the existence of God completely, as you say, then may I ask where you think you get the moral sense from that allows you to feel the way you do about the tragedy that has happened in Canada? After all, if there is no natural order beyond ourselves and we are no more than the result of some infinitesimally unlikely random chance, then why not just do whatever we feel like at all times?

    Science is great but in terms of the universe, that which it can explain is far less than that which it cannot, so for me the existence of God provides a framework which can far more compellingly explain how the world works than any alternative.

    God rest Tim, and bless you Rob.


  37. Jan Ligon Says:

    Could it be the same wonderful priest I knew 20 years ago in Simpsonville, SC @ Holy Cross??
    Remember our Wednesday “dates” to the Red Barron for Ruben’s and beer?
    You are truely a man of God and I want my Grandson to meet you.
    May God’s peace be with you.

  38. fatherstephen Says:


    I’m the same guy. Older, grayer, and a little banged up. But I now serve as an Orthodox Chrisitian priest in Oak Ridge. I’d love for you to come up some time. I think the Red Baron shut down, pity.

  39. jojulie Says:

    I am residing in Singapore and there is no Orthodox church. How can I participate in an Orthodox liturgy?

  40. fatherstephen Says:


    Look at this website


    It is from the Orthodox Church in Singapore, which is under the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople. I do not know if it is convenient to you but they should have good information for your local situation.

  41. jojulie Says:

    Dear Father Stephen,
    Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I have been reading your blog for the past couple of months and to say that I have been blessed is an understatement. May our Lord continue to use you and this blog site to bless all those who are seekers like me. With prayer and blessings…

  42. Beau in NC Says:

    This comment is for Rob. Years ago in college I read the book Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevski. It is a very long read and very difficult. (The newest translation by Random House/Vintage books is supposed to be the best, and I just bought a copy, but haven’t read it yet. My old, beat-up, college version is covered with highlighter ink and underlined sections. This book, reflecting Orthodox spirituality, is a lengthy meditation on the presence of inexplicable evil in the world, and why God appears to let it happen. I hope you will get a copy and that if you do, it will help you as much as it has helped me. God bless you.

  43. Maxim Says:

    Dear Father Stephen,
    I am a french lay orthodox from south of France. Thank you for your blog and your writing I find very nice and nurturing. So I’ve put your link in my blogroll. I’d like to translate texts from your website to include them in my blog. Do you allow it ?
    God bless you and The Most Holy Mother of God suppot your works. In XC Love. Maxim

  44. fatherstephen Says:


    Yes, feel free to translate. If possible, include a link or reference to my site. Thank you for your kind words!

    Send me a note when you do your first translation, I’ll put you on my blogroll.

  45. zpap Says:

    Good Day Father,
    please give me your blessing. I recently discovered your blog. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. God bless you.

  46. Maxim Says:

    Dear Father
    it’s done your recent text “Death of religion” is trnaslated and can be read on my site. Thank you a lot and Our Lord save you !

  47. Marie Eliades Says:

    I’m not a blogger and am working on an old fashioned book on Orthodox Christian parenting.. I’d like to talk to you.. like your work. Will you email me so I can give you info via email? I could look you up the old fashioned way but since I’ve gone this far… I’m receiving occasional emails from many quarters with your articles.

    Good strength.
    in Christ,

  48. Ben Says:


    Please join us as we pray for Christian missionaries in Bolivia who are being threatened by corrupt elements both inside and outside government. Our missionaries (some of them have been in-country for over 40 years), are asking for divine protection to continue carrying the Light of Christ in darkest places.

    Thank you, and may God bless and protect you, and the entire Orthodox community in America.

  49. Claudiu Says:

    Hello Father Stephen,

    I read your blog often and I like it a lot. God inspires you tremendously because your articles are superb. I will pray for you and for your family, to continue this blog ministry.

    I’m a Romanian student at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest, and I want very much to become a priest and to serve God and all the people every second of my life. in everything I do. Me and some other friends we have also an orthodox blog. The reason that made me start a blog was you and the beautiful articles on this site.

    I want to ask you if you allow us to create a blog on WordPress in which we will translate daily all your articles in Romanian, because I think they will be of great help. We will not change anything, we will keep everything as it is (text, pictures,…) If you want we can use the same wordpress theme and the same header as yours.

    In our orthodox country we have a lot of orthodox blogs, but only few are worth reading daily.

    Please let me know if you are ok. I think romanian people will love you. If you say yes I will ask for the blessing of my priest and then we will start right away.

  50. Natalia Says:

    Dear Father Stephen,

    I work for an Orthodox missionary website “Orthodoxy and the world” http://www.pravmir.com. Thank you for a great work you do on your blog!
    Would you please allow us to post on our site two of your articles “Me, You and the Other Guy” and “When Money Fails”? Thank you!
    Our site contains plenty of information about Orthodox Christianity and we try to do our best to give people a chance to know more about it. You might find our site interesting and worthwhile and add our link to your blog, if you’d love to.

  51. fatherstephen Says:


    I would be honored. I feel unworthy to address the long-suffering Romanian Orthodox people, but if you find it helpful, may God bless it. I’ll contact you by email to work out the details Thank you for your kind words and offer,

  52. fatherstephen Says:

    I would be honored, Natalia. The more readers, in any form, the better. I am flattered, useless servant that I am.

  53. Balan Claudiu Says:

    Thank you very much Father Stephen for your good willing. I’m very glad, I’m thrilled about this….I hardly wait to start doing it.
    I’m waiting for your email.

  54. Balan Claudiu Says:

    Father Stephen, I’ve already created the blog in Romanian language, on which we will you tranlate your articles> http://parintelestephen.wordpress.com/
    The name of the blog is the same in romanian as in english: “parintele = father”
    I’ve used the same header and the same title, only that is translated.
    Please let me know what do you think. You can send me an email to balan.claudiu@gmail.com
    Thank you very much!

  55. Kathy Lu Says:

    Dear Fr. Stephen–I just found out about your website from one of our members at Holy Apostles on Facebook. Wow, I could spend days reading your articles. I am at heart an information addict, and can easily spend too much time in books and blogs. So I will check occasionally. I try to see your parents once in a while–they seem to apppreciate a visit. Kathy Lu.

  56. Ron Says:

    I just found your blogsite through Fr. Joseph Hunneycutt’s “Orthodixie” site. I am so happy to have found this and what you have to say!

  57. Heath_Edw Says:

    Father Stephen, first I’d like to thank you for your blog. It has provided me with many thoughts, answers, and questions. Though I haven’t commented on any posts, I’ve been following your blog and your podcasts for a little over six months. As well as your blog, I’ve been reading and listening to other orthodox communicators. For many years I’ve felt the desire to learn more of God and search for a more intimate communion with Him (my protestant upbringing not fulfilling my desires). Thank you for being a helpful provider…

    Having been in this place for awhile now, i wish to continue further into the Orthodox Church. I’ve noticed that many of your readers have asked you concerning how to enter into the Orthodox Church while living far from any churches… My own problem is twofold: distance and language. I live in Switzerland. The spoken language is German, whereas my own language is English as I am an Australian. I have found a number of Orthodox Churches in the region, but none are English-speaking. Can you advise me on the correct way to get in contact with people who can help me?

  58. Laura Says:

    Father Stephen,

    I’d like to say thanks, first of all, for your posts. I’m not sure how I first came across your blog, but I’ve been reading it for the past few months, and you have both encouraged and challenged me greatly. I come from a tradition that is very different from the Orthodox Church in many ways, though I believe we hold many things in similar regard, and hearing your thoughts has been inspirational to me.

    I see that in at least one of your posts, you’ve mentioned studying theology at Duke. I’ve recently completed applications for graduate schools to study for a Master of Theological Studies degree, perhaps continuing on for a doctoral degree later, and Duke was among those schools I applied to. I’m sure things may have changed in the intervening years between when you attended and now, but I was wondering if you would mind giving me your thoughts on your experiences at Duke. I’d appreciate it!

    Thanks again, and God bless!

  59. Jonathan MCcormack Says:

    Dear Father,

    Recently I quoted you in an article I wrote criticizing Bill Mahr’s film Religulous.
    If you wish simply email me and I will include it in an attachment if you want to view it.
    Jonathan McCormack

  60. marinei Says:

    V-am adaugat la blogroll nostru !

  61. Frank Morrall Says:

    Hi Fr. Stephen,

    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you: http://tinyurl.com/sharebuttons

    Hope you find it helpful!


  62. ula Says:

    Dear Father Stephen,

    I would like to thank you deeply for your Blog, i’ve found your thoughts very interesting and inspiring – the world needs your ‘two cents’ now more than ever! I’m not Orthodox but Roman Catholic but I truly respect everything you’ve written and the Orthodox religion itself.
    Do you have an email address where I can contact you? Lately i’ve been needing some wise advice about life matters and you seem like the person I should be asking.

  63. fatherstephen Says:





    The Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos today (July 1, 2009) mourns the dormition of our Elder Joseph of Vatopedi
    1 Ιουλίου, 2009 — VatopaidiFriend
    The Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos today mourns the dormition of our Elder Joseph of Vatopedi, one of the few remaining true Athonite elders who reposed this morning at 2:30, July 1, 2009. The Elder was born on July 1, 1921, on the celebration of the Holy Anargyroi (Saints Cosmas and Damian). After the dormition of his Elder, Joseph the Hesychast, he left the Skete where he lived and went to the Skete of the Holy Anargyroi. St Cosmas and St Damian were those who protected him throughout his life and those who chose to take him with them on the day of their celebration.
    The funeral rite will be held at 18:00 today at the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi.

  65. natodallospirito Says:

    Dear fr. Stephen, Christ is in our midst!

    I have added your precious blog in my favourite links. Hope you will accept to add my blog’s address too: http://www.natidallospirito.com.

    It is about orthodox spirituality, in Italian and Arabic.

  66. A Spray Painted White Man Says:

    I have decided this Blog is a work of Genius – the comments often border on the surreal and the lunatic – but it makes for a tremendous read.

    Here is an example of why this Blog is so interesting:

    “The Reformation left the Catholic Church in a position where it had to clearly define more of its beliefs because they were under constant attack in a way the East was relatively safe from. Protestantism attacked the Faith in a much more sophisticated way than was faced when contending with Muslims…..”

  67. Ralph Wilson Says:

    I came across this image in your site:

    Do you know where this fresco is physically located. It is a great illustration for my new e-mail Bible study series on 1 John.

  68. fatherstephen Says:


    I’m sorry. I could not find its physical location. By its inscription, it is Russian. More than that i do not know.

  69. Sharon Says:

    fatherstephen, thank you for you this beautiful blog. I am a Catholic who just started visiting your blog and have already linked one of your articles on facebook so my friends can discover this place too.

  70. Susan Says:

    I just found this blog today, and I absolutely love it! Thank you for fostering an environment of peace on the internet, especially in the “blogosphere” world! Your beautiful posts have helped to settle my restless heart which sent me out searching and brought me to your blog in the first place. I especially appreciated your post on the ecclesiology of the cross. Thanks again, I will be visiting often. God bless you!

  71. Laura Says:

    Father Stephen,

    Your blog is good to read. Thank you!

  72. Ruth Ann Says:

    I began reading your blog recently. I am a Roman Catholic, but I find what you write quite compatible with my own beliefs and spirituality. I understand that you are from Orthodox Christianity. I don’t know whether or not it matters, but I do wonder which version of Orthodox.

  73. fatherstephen Says:

    Ruth Ann,
    It does not matter. I am a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, a daughter Church of Moscow, where Russian practice is the most common part of our heritage. But the Orthodox faith is one faith, whether Greek, Russian, Romanian, American, etc.

  74. Jeremy Krenz Says:

    Father Bless!

    Thank you Father, or maybe rather, thanks to God for working thru you in this blog.

    I find it a source of daily edification on my journey.

    Thank you and God’s Blessings.

    May the intercessions of the Theotokos bring us to eternal joy!

    In Christ,


  75. Scott Says:

    Fr. Stephen,
    Your blessings…
    I want to commend you on your site. I’ve been following along for a while and I believe you have the gift for gab that this sort of new media ministry commands. Your prose is dignified and almost elegant but remains accessibly colloquial. As a young man, a convert myself, and someone invested in new media, I thank you.
    I would like to talk to you sometime about a new ministry with the Orthodox Christian Network, one of an orthodox blogging hub. Fr. Chris Metropulos has charged me with some recruitment of talent and I naturally thought of you. Please email me when time makes it convenient. I would very much like to share with you the ideas and goals we have in mind to see if you might be interested.

    Scott Patrick

  76. Darrell Lahay Says:

    Hello Father,

    I was wondering if you would ever be interested in writing a topical “guest post” on my blog from time to time..

    I am a Protestant pastor from BC Canada and i have benefited greatly from your Orthodox perspective. I have some beautiful Catholic roots, but. The Orthodox church is something i am still learning about..i would love to expose my blog audience (probably entirely protestant) to a fresh perspective..

    Topics i frequent are:
    Parables etc.

    My blog is


    My email is



  77. fatherstephen Says:

    Sure. Glad to.

  78. Joseph Says:

    Fr Stephen, Bless!

    Glory to God for all things. I started a blog here in Orthodox Alaska, and wish to share. Thank you for your time! Please pray for me, a sinner.


    Yours in Christ,

    + Joseph +

  79. Mary Lanser Says:

    Christ is Risen!

    Dear Father Stephen,

    I am adding Glory to God for All Things to my public blog roll at:


    If you have any objections, please write to me at


    Thanks for keep this lovely blog going!’


  80. fatherstephen Says:

    Thank you, Mary. Christ is Risen!

  81. Mary Lanser Says:

    That’s good of you, Father. Maybe once it gets a bit more meat on the bones I’ll ask you to consider it for your Catholic Roll.

    Christ is Risen!


  82. Barbara Says:

    Dear Fr. Stephen,

    I successfully defended my doctoral thesis yesterday, and I wanted to tell you that your blog has been a constant source of inspiration throughout my journey. I am a fairly new orthodox Christian and I was working quite a bit with orthodox writers and theologians with regard to what it means to be a person. Often concepts that I struggled with were brought forward by you and explained very clearly, helping move me forward in my thinking. You also made me aware of sources for further thought and reflection.

    As I consider how my success was only possible because of others, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to you. You also continue to inspire me with the way that you preserve the freedom of others to be other and also create a space of hospitable learning.

    God grant you many years!

  83. fatherstephen Says:

    Many years on such a great accomplishment! Indeed, it is a very fine thing. Any way I have been of assistance is of deep satisfaction. God bless your work! Many thanks for your kind remarks!

  84. David Hays Says:

    It was a blessing to meet and hear you tonight. As when I read your blog, I was provoked to think some things afresh.

  85. Lina Says:

    Father Stephen,
    Have you ever visited the country Georgia?

    Many thanks


  86. fatherstephen Says:

    I have not though I have been told by friends who have been there of the warmth of the people and the welcome they received in the Churches.

  87. Lina Says:

    Father Stephen,

    Thank you so much for your quick and warm respond. I am Georgian Christian Orthodox that I am proud and happy of. I so wish you visit the country one day and meet our fathers and see our ancient churches.

    Father Stephen is it possible to speak with you in private somehow as I have couple of questions.

    Thanks in advance

    God Bless


  88. fatherstephen Says:

    Lina, my email is Stephenfree@comcast.net

  89. Barbara Says:

    Dear Fr. Stephen,

    I am looking for a copy of “Mary, the Untrodden Portal of God,” and have had great difficulty finding one. I’m wondering if you have any leads. It’s a book I heard about through your blog and have been trying to find ever since. There are sometimes used copies on Amazon.com, but often the traders don’t ship to Canada or they are unbelievably expensive. Sometimes I’ve come across one that is reasonable and when I try to order it, I get a message saying it’s now unavailable.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

  90. fatherstephen Says:

    I’ll keep my eyes open.

  91. Dana Ames Says:


    Eighth Day Books has it listed in their inventory for US$23.95.

    They actually answer their phone and you get to talk to a human being. If the book is not available, they would probably know if/when it’s going to be reprinted.


  92. Dana Ames Says:

    one also came up on the Holy Cross GO Seminary bookstore site.


  93. Lina Says:

    Thank you Father Stephen,

    I will get in touch soon.


  94. Barbara Says:

    Thank you so much for your help, Dana!

  95. Lisa Ann Says:

    Father Stephen, I was wondering how the Orthodox tradition would define the word “Gospel.” I come from the Reformed/Calvinist tradition, and I’ve been noticing that they seem to summarize it as “Jesus came to bear our punishment so we could be right with God.” This seems like a reduction to me. Isn’t there more to the Gospel than propitiation or even atonement?


    Lisa (starsandstillness@gmail.com)

  96. David Says:


    I would first like to thank you for your time and spirit, as this blog is a great read of mine. I greatly enjoy it, and learn alot from it. Thank you.

    My question is not of profound spiritualty today and I must beg pardon, but it’s still something that I wanted to know for a long time. What is the exact passage in latin where it is said :

    ”God became Man so that Man could become God”*

    Thank you,

    * I know that there is alot of difference between translation, so I just kept the basic saying.

  97. fatherstephen Says:

    It is not a Latin quote, but Greek, from St. Athanasius (though I think there is a quote in St. Irenaeus that is similar). In Athanasius it is in De Incarnatione, 54.3

  98. Sean Says:

    @ David:

    “Ο Λόγος σάρξ εγένετο, ίνα τον άνθρωπον δεκτικόν θεότητος ποιήση” are the exact words of St. Athanasius, translated literally to “The Word became flesh, to make man receptible to divinity”. Father, please correct me if I am mistaken, particularly with the translation

  99. fatherstephen Says:

    Thank you for the Greek text. My computer doesn’t know Greek, even if I do. Translation is fine. Believe it or not, I found some good references on theosis online within some Reform sources. I guess if you read the fathers at all, you have to admit that theosis is a major and ancient doctrine of the Church. I believe it is clearly taught by Scripture if read correctly.

  100. Priest Jonah Campbell Says:

    Fr. Stephen,

    Christ is in our midst!

    Great blog! Your articles and commentary are very inspiring… the internet is certainly the better for having you on it 🙂

    I also wanted to let you know about our new site, Damascene Gallery, which was just launched last week. We have an online store, but also many resources including an iconography forum, our own blog and a searchable Public Domain icon database. Let me know what you think…

    I’ll definitely continue following your wonderful blog!

    In Christ God, the Divine Word made flesh,

    Priest Jonah Campbell
    Co-founder, Damascene Gallery

  101. Reader John Says:

    Father, bless!
    This may be old hat to you, but I heard some parallels to your thinking from an unexpected quarter today: BBC Radio 4’s “Thinking Allowed” podcast on “Disenchantment.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tdn2h
    Here’s the BBC summary:
    “The sociologist Max Weber saw the Enlightenment as the period when science started to take over from religion as the way of comprehending human existence, and became the defining character of modernity. The process of casting magic and superstition aside in favour of rationality he defined as ‘disenchantment’: no longer was the world a place of supernatural signs and natural magic. In the second of a special series of programmes looking at some of the key concepts in social science, Laurie Taylor explores the idea of disenchantment with three experts. David Voas, Sam Whimster and Linda Woodhead, discuss how the idea has been applied to understanding the development of secular societies and whether we are now entering a phase of re-enchantment.”
    What struck me as parallel to your “Three Story Universe” was the discussion of the Reformation, and how it shoved God off to arms’ length.
    As I say: maybe old hat. Maybe you learned some of this as an Anglican. But I thought that you might find listening to it 30 minutes well-spent.

  102. Darrell Lahay Says:

    Father Stephen..I am slowly trying to bring a bit of Liturgy back into my church. Although i have deep Catholic roots, I have been pastoring in protestant circles for the past few years, mostly with classic pentecostal denominations..I would be absolutely grateful if you could write (or perhaps send something you’ve already done) a guest post that i can post on my blog that would begin to open their eyes of the understanding about things such as litanies, tradition, and liturgy..

    i really have a heart to see my people come back to a sense of wonder, rather than fear when they look back into thier own roots and gaze at the ‘Great tradition”.

    I’m essentially asking if you could write under the theme (for lack of a better title) LITURGY FOR DUMMIES.

    Please let me know if this is something that interests you..

    peace be with you

    Rev.Darrell Lahay


  103. theresa Says:

    Just wanted to say that your blog is incredibly inspiring and thoughtful. Thank you for being a voice of biblical thought and the gospel of grace amidst all the vitriol and distortion (especially in America and especially online).


  104. Fr David Gilchrist Says:

    Dear Father,
    Frederica put me in touch with Ronda Wintheiser, who contacted me today and suggested I visit your blog.
    Glory to God! Thank you!
    I am a 60 year old Anglican priest in England who has wanted to be Orthodox for many years. My dear wife was not keen, but she contracted cancer 18 months ago, and is now with the Lord.
    Life has been hard, but I am hoping to become Orthodox next year.
    Please pray for me!
    May the Lord bless you ‘real good’ this Holy Week.
    Yours in Him,

  105. Lina Says:

    Fr. David G. Go for it! I made the trip at 72. Coming home is great!

  106. NW Juliana Says:

    Fr. David, I will pray for you.

  107. fatherstephen Says:

    Neurotic (name used) I noted the recommendations but did not see it as a post of general interest or in response to a conversation. No intent to offend. Generally I am sceptical of posts that do not give their correct address. It’s fine to use a pseudonymn or whatever one might call it. But comments require a valid email address. I don’t always catch these, but I consider them important. There is no other way to respond to a person privately (which is sometimes required) when a fake email address is used.

    Fr. Stephen + Sent via DROID on Verizon Wireless

  108. fatherstephen Says:

    You might this article of mine to be of some small interest – certainly related to the topic.

  109. Anna Says:


    i just came across your blog when i was looking for some answers on praying to angels. I’m a Greek orthodox by faith and i just have some questions in regards to praying to Arch Angels. Is there such an Arch Angel named Uriel?

    Kind Regards,

  110. fatherstephen Says:

    Anna, yes. One of the Archangels is named Uriel.

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  113. Crispin Pemberton Says:

    As an Anglican (Church of England) who has been harbouring a deep attachment to Orthodoxy for 25 years, I just wanted to write and thank you for both the blog and the podcast which are my constant companions along this journey.
    My journey towards Orthodoxy is, I trust, coming to an end very soon as I feel the Lord calling me to take the step of real commitment and become Orthodox in life as well as in heart.
    Your calm, measured, godly words have helped in consolidating my own reflections and assuring me that just as there are things about Anglicanism I would miss (1662 Prayer Book, Choral Evensong etc.) there is also much that I can anticipate with great joy and many new discoveries that await me when my life within His Church is all of a piece with the work of His Spirit in my heart.
    God bless your ministry to Oakridge and to the wider world. Maybe you’re not aware of how your words are received, maybe you think you are talking to yourself sometimes – believe me, you’re not. You counsel has been of immense value to me. Long may He give you strength to pastor His worldwide flock in this way.

  114. fatherstephen Says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. May God bless you in your journey, give you strength, and always make the way clear for you!

  115. David Ravel Says:


    I have a personal question for you and would like to know if there is a way to send you a private message.

    Thank you very much.

  116. Annette Edwards Says:

    Dear Father Stephen,
    I came across your blog when I was looking for information on Lazarus’ tomb for the book study I am helping to lead. The book is “Lazarus Awakening” by Joanna Weaver. I found your information helpful. I hope you will not mind if I use some of it during our book study. I am a United Methodist Christian. I find I am intrigued with your blog entires andplan to follow your blog. Thank you.
    Annette Edwards

  117. ecollage Says:

    Father, Bless

    Who are the other two priests? Thanks Susan

  118. fatherstephen Says:

    A page that really needs to change. Sitting with me is Met. Kallistos Ware and the other is a Deacon from Memphis (name escapes me for the moment). We were sitting at the Patriarchate in Jerusalem.

  119. ecollage Says:

    Thanks so much for letting me know Father. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon.

  120. mary benton Says:

    Blessings to you, Father Stephen
    It is a joy to have discovered your blog as your words express so much of what I also experience. Would you mind if I occasionally quoted you briefly on my own blog or Twitter account (where I micro-blog)? If all right with you, please let me know how you prefer to be credited. If not, I undertsand. Thank you.

  121. fatherstephen Says:

    Mary, Yes. Feel free to quote. When credited, Fr. Stephen is fine (last name is Freeman if you like). Link to this blogsite.

  122. Susan M Says:

    Father Stephen,

    I love love LOVE your blog. I have read your post on Ecclesiology of the Cross so many times. As a Roman Catholic, I think we need much more consideration of a kenotic ecclesiology (although I did read your post that indicated some reasons why it does not mesh so well with Catholicism, especially papal primacy, which was also very interesting).

    I thought I remember some time ago reading on this site a post that covers the title of your blog, Glory to God in All Things. I have been trying to find it, but the search function was not helpful. Would you be so kind as to help me locate it with a link or some directions? I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you!


  123. Jim Says:

    I am on the journey to read and inwardly digest all that I can on Orthodox Christianity
    I look forward.

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