About

My name is Jeremiah and like so many Christians today, especially those in my younger generation, I became disillusioned with this thing that people call church.  I felt burned out and frustrated with the concert-style of Sunday morning evangelical services and longed for something deeper.  I spent several years on worship teams and doing some teaching, but I realized that I’m simply not an entertainer (which is an unspoken demand and it frankly helps if you want people to come back next Sunday).

So, I set out on a journey to find a church that doesn’t make me feel like I’m striving against something inside of me at the end of the day.

The purpose of this blog was to be a journal during my search for a church that met a number of criteria that I had (loving, open, theologically deep and accurate, not entertainment driven, community focused, one in which I can utilize my abilities without burning out, etc).

My journey landed me in the Eastern Orthodox Church, of which I am now officially a communicant.  I honestly didn’t think I would actually become Orthodox.  However, in Orthodoxy, I have found what I was looking for to a greater extent than I ever thought possible.

If you wish to contact me, you can do so at:
jeremiah and then @orthodoxroad.com (sorry I have to split it up like that, I’ve been getting spammed).

If you are beginning your journey into Orthodoxy, and you enjoy deep, thoughtful reads, then I would suggest the epistles of the early church that were not included in the final canon of the Bible.  Many historians use these to understand the life and beliefs of the early church.  They are easy to understand, and may deconstruct ideas you have about what the early church actually looked like.

You can read about my journey into Orthodoxy here.


DISCLAIMER:

On this site, I make every effort to be theologically accurate though none of my posts here represent an official statement by the Orthodox Church.  If you want something a little deeper than what I have to offer here, I would highly recommend checking out my Resources page.

I am a tonsured reader in the Orthodox Church of America, but I have no seminary training.  This site is a compilation of written reflections of my spiritual journey.  Since I started this blog before becoming Orthodox, there are probably some older writings on this site that could use editing for accuracy’s sake.  Feel free to point out anything you find to be troubling in the comments or through a message.

11 thoughts on “About”

  1. Jeremy, I am really excited to see what you do with this along the way. It has been, and still is a privilege to journey with you.

  2. I just discovered your blog. I can relate to your story, I was on my own journey for about eight years, I have just recently started catechism. Along with that I just started blogging about my journey, as well. It’s hard to rewind the years haha. Love what you’re doing here, great blog!

    1. Congratulations on starting your catechism, polycarp7. Some might say I sped through my journey (from the time I started attending an Orthodox parish to the time I joined was nine months), but I feel like God was moving me toward Orthodoxy since the day I was born. Take your time and enjoy the journey, which it sounds like you are. I know I so frequently get caught up thinking, “I need to get from point A to point B” not realizing that perhaps even more important than Point B is the journey itself. God bless!

  3. Jeremiah, that is wise advise! We’re often are too pragmatic, we want to the get to the end point so we feel accomplished. I learned from reading Eugene Peterson’s writings that it’s more about the journey, like you said. I feel like my whole life has been leading up to this. I started attending regularly back in the spring, and I should be finished with catechism by the end of the year, according to my priest, so this part is going quickly. It’s a great experience!

  4. Hi Jeremiah! I thank the Lord for finding your blog. I was born and raised Evangelical. I’m almost ashamed to say it. But now at 30 years old, reading the Bible more than the average churchgoer (and owning heaps of them in different translations!), praying like everyone else I know, facilitating Bible studies and leading worship, I am still trying to engage with God on a level that satisfies my deepest longing. My search has led me to two places currently: Prahamansa Yogananda’s teachings and Eastern Orthodoxy. I have yet to discover the similarities and differences, but at the end of the day what I want for my soul communion with God and solid theology for my intellect. Have you heard about his teachings, and if so, what do you think of it? I guess on different levels we all want the security of what we believe in to be true. But you are right. Truth and being right as an end goal is not enough. We may (rarely) win debates and convert people, and then what? All my life I have been taught to love God, but my mind goes blank as to how. It’s the communion and relationship aspect with God that has left me wanting for more than what my current worldview and ideology has to offer. Thank you for documenting your journey as a path that others like me can retrace.

    1. Greetings Frances!

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for sharing your journey. Since you left your email address in the comments, I will reply to you there. For whatever reason, it seems people around the age of 30 begin to ask many questions, explore spiritually, and often head down a new path. I did the same and it led me into Orthodoxy. I’ll email you to continue our discussion.

          1. Hi Jeremiah, thank you for the quick reply! I love the set you suggested. You clearly understood that I was trying to fill a horizontal rectangle, i.e., a landscape style space. You and your site are a wonderful resource!

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