Together with baptism, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the starting point of our life in Christ.
It’s better to think of your priest not as a spiritual father along the monastic lines but as a coach.
...in the hands of an inexperienced or ill-prepared priest, obedience is a recipe for great and lasting harm for the layperson, the parish and the priest himself
...we corrupt families and parishes, when we make monastic life the model for our life in Christ.
Orthodox Christians tend to overemphasize the therapeutic nature of salvation at the expense of our own moral and legal tradition.