Saturday, August 16, 2008

Icon New Media Network

I wanted to make you aware of a new (at least to me) Orthodox internet ministry which has its own website and podcast series. The ministry is called the Icon New Media Network. It is directed by Jacob Lee, a high-tech whiz and former Calvary Chapel pastor who converted to Orthodoxy in early 2007. The blog is very well done, as are the podcasts. They have several podcass that are worthy of your consideration, including:

The Man in Black (but not Johnny Cash)
: Interviews with an Orthodox priest on a variety of topics.

True Convergence
: Stories about former members of the Charismatic Episcopal Church who have converted to Orthodoxy (mostly Western Rite Antiochians)

Generation Orthodox
: Aimed mainly at twenty-something non-Orthodox Christians (or non-Christians), this podcast features several young converts to Orthodoxy shooting the breeze about pop culture, Orthodoxy, and other topics.

The New Dialogues
: Interviews with a a variety of guests on a variety of topics (kind of like The Illumined Heart on Ancient Faith Radio)

: Features special events, such as a five-part series on prayer given by Fr. Jonah Paffhausen, abbot of the monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco.

But my favorite Icon New Media podcast of all is a joint project between Icon and the Orthodox Christian Network called Journeys to Orthodoxy. Each week, Jacob interviews a convert to Orthodoxy who has an interesting conversion story.

The most recent podcast, which was released just yesterday, features someone that you know. I won't say who it is, but I'll give you a hint: It's a bivocational Orthodox priest who used to be a missionary to Bosnia and who has a beautiful wife and four daughters. If you have time, you might want to check it out by clicking here. I hope you will enjoy it.

May the Lord bless you all.


Katrina said...

Dear Father James,

I just listened to the podcast, and I really enjoyed it. You are so candid and honest about your journey. Your parish is quite blessed to have such a down to earth pastor.

I really could relate to the end of the podcast where you talked about how you wanted to give everybody you knew books about Orthodoxy. Sometimes I think "Gosh, if So-and-So would just read this, the light switch would go on and for sure next Sunday we'll all be in Divine Liturgy together!" If it only were that easy.

Still, when your book comes out in January, I want to buy an extra copy or two to hand out, just in case!

Thanks for sharing your story, and best wishes to you as the new school year approaches.

p.s. - Your wife is a wonderful woman!

Fr. James Early said...


You are too kind! Thank you for the kind words. My wife is indeed a wonderful woman. I don't deserve her!

Just out of curiosity, what part of the country are you in?

Katrina said...

I am in sunny Arizona where it will be 105 today! We attend Sts. Peter and Paul Church (OCA) in Phoenix where I manage our teeny tiny bookstore. In fact, I took one of your book recommendations, Sola Scriptura, and featured it in the bookstore this month as a sort of "Back to School - get educated about your faith!" campaign.

We are really blessed to have a truly exceptional pastor, Father David Brum. He's super smart, extremely well-read and travelled and, most importantly, a genuinely nice and approachable person. The Lord is good to us for sure!