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About Fr. Jim King

Fr. James is the Director of Youth and Outreach Ministry at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, MI. He has started many ministry programs, and unlimited ways for all to become involved with the Church.

Is the Church a “Reality” for you?

Someone once said, when asked why they find it so important to attend church regularly, that they go to church because for them; "The church is where I find my reality."  Wow...what a statement.  Not only is that comment full of humilty...but also full of truth!  For us, as Christians, the simple truth…is that we believe our [...]

Do you understand the mission of the Orthodox Church?

Is Orthodoxy a Religion? by Fr. John Romanides This is an excerpt from the upcoming book Patristic Theology, The University Lectures of Father John Romanides, by Uncut Mountain Press. Many are of the opinion that Orthodoxy is just one religion among many and that its chief concern is to prepare the mem-bers of the Church [...]

The Result of Thanksgiving

When you are generous to another person, you are not bestowing a gift, but repaying a debt.  Everything you possess materially comes from God, who created all things.  And every spiritual and moral virtue you possess is through divine grace.  Thus you owe everything to God.  More than that, God has given you his Son, to show [...]

Are you an instrument of belief?

Al-Massiah Qam! Hakan Qam! Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen! In the gospel of St. John, chapter 20, we learn that eight days after the Apostle Thomas doubted Christ's resurrection... Christ, Himself miraculously appeared before him and the other Apostles, and  immediately Thomas' doubt was transformed...instantly making him an instrument of belief.  Thomas then took that [...]

Christ is The New Passover.

Al-Massiah Qam!  Christos Anesti!  Christ is Risen! It is because of Christ's glorious third day Resurrection that Christians all around the world celebrate Easter.  The greek word for Easter is Pascha, which is literally translated "Passover,"  and has been celebrated by Judaism for over 3500 years in remembrance of when the Israelites were liberated from Egyptian bondage, and when the angel of [...]

A Holy Week Reflection

The Kingdom of God is the life of the Holy Trinity in the world.  It is the Kingdom of holiness, goodness, truth, beauty, love peace, and joy.  These qualities are not works of the human spirit.  They proceed from the life of God and reveal God.  Christ Himself is the Kingdom.  He is the God-Man, [...]

A Journey toward Transformation

Great Lent for us, as Orthodox Christians, is a journey toward transformation.  This week, the church remembers St. John Climicus, a seventh century monk from Egypt, who wrote a book called, "The Ladder of Divine Ascent."  In this book, St. John lists 30 stages of spiritual development to help us on our journey toward transformation.  The [...]

Taking up your cross

This week let us remember to thank God for all the blessings he bestows upon us.  And let us, this week, not forget to thank God for dieing on the cross for us, and to ask Him for the strength to endure any cross that we may find ourselves carrying.  And finally, let us take this week, the [...]