MATTHEW GALLATIN, PENNSYLVANIA, USA: THIRSTING FOR GOD IN A LAND OF SHALLOW WELLS

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Beginning in the street ministry days of the Jesus Movement, Matthew Gallatin devoted more than 20 years to evangelical Christian ministry. He was a singer/songwriter, worship leader, youth leader, and Calvary Chapel pastor. Nevertheless, he eventually accepted a painful reality: no matter how hard he tried, he was never able to experience the God whom he longed to know. In encountering Orthodox Christianity, he finally found the fullness of the Faith.In Thirsting for God, philosophy professor Gallatin expresses many of the struggles that a Protestant will encounter in coming face to face with Orthodoxy: such things as Protestant relativism, rationalism versus the Orthodox sacramental path to God, and the unity of Scripture and Tradition. He also discusses praying with icons, praying formal prayers, and many other Orthodox traditions.An outstanding book that will help Orthodox readers more deeply appreciate their faith and will give Protestant readers a more thorough understanding of the Church.

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Matthew Gallatin is the author of the popular book, Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells (Conciliar Press, 2002). Audiences around the country have heard him share the story of his journey from evangelical Protestantism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. “Pilgrims from Paradise,” his weekly podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, reaches thousands of listeners each month with timely teachings on the Orthodox Christian experience.

Matthew’s podcasts, lectures, and retreats cover a broad spectrum of topics: his conversion to Orthodoxy, the comparative differences between Eastern and Western Christianity, the problem of Christian pluralism, the ascetic/sacramental experience of God, the impact of philosophy on Christianity, the nature and importance of Holy Tradition, discerning the will of God in one’s life, liturgical music, how to simply and effectively share one’s Orthodox faith, the basics of parish growth, Orthodox environmentalism—and more.

Born in West Virginia and raised in Pennsylvania, Matthew moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend college in 1970. He’s lived in Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho ever since. Over the years, Matthew has made his living as a cement contractor, a probation officer, and an evangelical pastor. He has worked in community action agencies, and is a professional singer, songwriter, guitarist,and studio musician.

Matthew received a Master’s Degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. For 17 years, he taught philosophy at Gonzaga, and at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In 2007, he left his academic post to focus on writing and speaking full time.

Matthew and his wife Alice were married in 1975. They currently reside in Sandpoint, Idaho, and are active in the mission parish of Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Church in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Their son Joshua and his wife Tiffani have two children: William and Lucinda. Kaci, their daughter, is mom to Zachary. All the kids and grandkids attend St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Post Falls, Idaho.

As pastor of a non-denominational church during the 1980s, Matthew became troubled by the doctrinal contradictions that separate Christians. He could no longer accept that God would leave His children so divided and confused about who He is and what He wants for them. So, he embarked on a search for original Christianity. His spiritual journey led him into philosophy, which in turn led him to the writings of the Early Church Fathers.

Matthew began to study the faith of the first Christians in earnest. He found that their life centered upon an immediate experience of the presence of Christ. He also came to see that common Western approaches to God—the rational contemplation of the Scriptures, the spiritual application of imagination, or even the practice of charismatic gifts—cannot produce this sort of encounter with the Divine. Rather, it is made possible through participation in the sacramental and ascetic practices which have defined Christian life since the time of the Apostles.

Over time, Matthew discovered that there is only one place where the Early Church’s sacramental and ascetic life has been faithfully preserved: Eastern Orthodoxy. In 1997, Matthew, Alice, and Kaci were received into the Orthodox Church. Joshua and Tiffani joined them in 2005.

Father Peter Gillquist, noted author and Director of Missions and Evangelism for the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, has said that Matthew’s gift is his ability to explain difficult concepts simply. Whatever topic Matthew addresses, his goal is to show how that issue relates to God’s ultimate desire for us: that we be one with Him, and one with each other, in the same way that the members of the Holy Trinity are one (John 17:20-23).

Currently, Matthew is compiling his podcast transcripts into publishable volumes. He’s also working on a book entitled One: What It Means To Be A Christian, which he hopes to publish this year (2009). To learn more about Matthew’s life and ministry, please visit his Twitter: https://twitter.com/matthewgallatin

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IVERON ICON OF HAWAII TO VISIT THE GREATER CHICAGO AREA, ILLINOIS, USA

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Friday, August 21, 2015
St. John Chrysostomos Greek Orthodox Monastery
4600 93rd Street
Pleasant Prairie (Kenosha), WI 53158
Tel: (262) 694-9850
8:30am, Paraklesis, followed by anointing – (The Holy Icon will remain at the monastery until 2:00pm)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
300 Stryker Avenue
Joliet, IL 60436
Tel: (815) 741-1023
5:30pm, Moleben and Akathist to the Theotokos

Saturday, August 22, 2015
St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church
6330 W 127th St.
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Tel: (708) 239-0004
10:00am, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos, followed by anointing

Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral
1800 Lee Street
Des Plaines (Chicago), IL 60018
Tel: (847) 824-0971
5:00pm, Greeting of the Holy Icon
6:00pm, All-Night Vigil

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral
1800 Lee Street
Des Plaines (Chicago), IL 60018
Tel: (847) 824-0971
9:30am, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, followed by anointing

Ss. Constantine and Helen Romanian Orthodox Cathedral
5406 N. Newland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656-2026
Tel: (773) 353-7416
5:30pm, Paraklesis, followed by anointing

Monday, August 24, 2015
New Gračanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery
35240 W Grant Avenue
Third Lake, IL 60046
Tel: (847) 223-4300
5:30pm, Moleben and Akathist, followed by anointing

The Holy Icon will be available for veneration throughout the services. If Molebni or memorial services are requested in the presence of the Holy Icon, please contact the clergy in advance. Anointing with myrrh from the Holy Icon will also take place following the services. Please inquire with the churches beforehand. Everyone is welcome to come and see this great miracle God has bestowed upon us!

Troparion to the Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon

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From thy holy icon, O Lady Theotokos, / blessed myrrh has flowed abundantly. /
Thou hast thereby consoled those in exile faithful unto thee, /
and hast enlightened the unbelievers by thy Son’s light. / therefore, O Lady,
with tears we bow down to thee. / Be merciful unto us in the hour of judgment. /
Lest having received thy mercy, we be punished as those who have been contemptuous of it. //
But grant us through thy prayers to bring forth spiritual fruit and save us.

SPRUCE ISLAND, ALASKA, USA: A PILGRIMAGE TO THE ATHOS OF AMERICA… – PHOTOS

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THESE TRUTHS WE HOLD – THE HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH: HER LIFE AND TEACHINGS – BY ST TIKHON’S MONASTERY & PRESS, PENNSYLVANIA, USA – VIDEO POCONO LAKE, PA, USA

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These Truths We Hold

The Holy Orthodox Church: Her Life and Teachings

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The following articles on Orthodoxy are from the book, These Truths We Hold – The Holy Orthodox Church: Her Life and Teachings, published by and available from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Press:

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