Orthodox Christianity as You’ve Never Heard It Before: Reverend Nicholas Louh


Millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter this weekend. They will hear traditional songs and hymns, centuries old, always solemn and respectful. But some would also be distant and disconnected from the daily reality of the culture in which we live. No one knows this better than the Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh, a Greek Orthodox priest who kindles a fire, you might say, to the Orthodox world. with his motivational speeches across the country. In style, substance, and easy-to-understand theological message, he resembles Billy Graham more than Basil the Great, a fourth-century Orthodox theologian. During the first millennia of Christianity, there was only Orthodoxy. A church. Then came the great schism of 1054 separating East and West. Five hundred years later, the Protestant Reformation and more burst. But Louh is faithful to the Orthodox roots of the faith. However, of the Orthodox world, he admits: “We had this beautiful what I call the deep end of the pool of faith… where what challenges us is how to share it with each other. in a practical, applicable and relevant way. in people’s lives? In this episode of the Lighthouse Faith podcast, I’m on the road again, this time to Southampton, New York, on a Lenten retreat at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, where Fr. Louh was the keynote speaker for three seminars. His biography shows that he breaks the boundaries of church building to build bridges with other religions, but also to break the separations between the more than thirty thousand Christian denominations, whose divisions have been the source of many holy wars. throughout the centuries, and still today during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both countries are predominantly Orthodox Christians. Louh is the senior priest at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He is also an assistant professor of world religions at Florida State College in Jacksonville and is the chaplain for the Jacksonville Sharks Arena football team. He is interested in interreligious dialogue and social justice…and helping people understand what God’s plan is for their lives.

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