Dear Readers: A long time supporter of the Mystagogy Resource Center has informed me that they would like to donate $3000 to help me continue the work of this ministry, but they will only do it as a matching donation, which means that this generous donation will only be made after you help me raise a total of $3000. If you can help make this happen, it will be greatly appreciated and it would be greatly helpful to me, as I have not done a fundraiser this year. If you enjoy the work done here and want to see more of it, please make whatever contribution you can through the DONATE link below. Thank you!
(Total So Far - Day 4: $1750)

February 5, 2014

February 2014 Progress Report for Mystagogy

Dear Readers:

I have a few new and exciting updates I wanted to briefly share. For the past few years I have been doing an annual update a few weeks after Easter, but a few months ago I announced that I will try to update my readers more often throughout the year on the progress I am making in developing this ministry. Here are a few of the things I am working on that I am ready to share at this time:

1. Honey and Hemlock

As many know, I have started a new weblog titled Honey and Hemlock. I created this site as a supplement to Mystagogy to deal specifically with issues relating to Philosophy, Science, Psychology, Medicine, Politics, Church & State, Culture, Society, Movies, Television, Music, Art, Books and Literature. These are all issues I have great interest in and have much to share on, and over the past year I have given little time to here at Mystagogy due to the more focused path of Orthodox subject matter I want to share. Mystagogy is about maturing and growing as an Orthodox Christian, and the subjects covered in Honey and Hemlock, though important, can be a little distracting if they are mixed in with this material. Having a website to supplement Mystagogy for these subjects will allow me to focus elsewhere on those issues in a way I desire to do so, and I believe in a way my readers will find more interesting and focused.

Currently I am in the process of deleting from Mystagogy all the posts that deal with the subjects I will be covering at Honey and Hemlock and will repost them there. Some posts I will keep on both sites, while others that are no longer relevant I will delete altogether. By doing this I am hoping it will make for a more user-friendly experience by those looking for specific material out of the over 6600 posts I have here at Mystagogy. Of course, any new material on these subjects will no longer be posted on Mystagogy, but will be exclusive to Honey and Hemlock. The transfer is a slow process cause I am editing everything as well in the transfer, but I think it will be rewarding. Visit daily as I will try to update the site daily.

Here are some important links for Honey and Hemlock both to visit the site and be updated daily through Facebook and Twitter:

In this first month since I began Honey and Hemlock, here are the posts I have made. Most of these are posts I made in 2009 that I transferred from Mystagogy, while others are new. 

What This Website Is About

My Favorite Movies and Albums of 2013

Intelligent Evolution and Alfred Russell Wallace

The Proposed "Statue of Responsibility"

Making Comedy of the Cross of Christ

On Positive Thinking

On Faith and Reason - Selections From Saint John Chrysostom

Capitalism’s Ideology

Anthony the Great, the Philosopher of the Desert

National Healthcare and the Church-State Relations in Byzantium

The Nature of True Philosophy According to St. John of Damascus

Sigmund Freud's Little Intimate Secrets

The Pop-Culture Wars, Music, and Character Formation (1 of 2)

The Pop-Culture Wars, Music, and Character Formation (2 of 2)

Atheist Admits There Is No Evolutionary Explanation for Consciousness

Fifty Philosophers and Rhetoricians Who Converted to Christianity

The Power of Realistic Thinking

Andrei Tarkovsky's "Andrei Rublev" (1966)

Dostoevsky's Spiritual Therapy

Capitalism and the Spirit of the Church Fathers

"The Century of the Self" (4-part Documentary)

2. Advertising

For a few years now I have been asked about advertising on Mystagogy. Last week I decided to allow advertising as a way to support this ministry. Though I mainly rely on the donations of my readers to support this ministry, unfortunately it is not enough, so these donations need to be supplemented for now with advertising if I am at least going to continue what I am doing, let alone grow. Along with the donations, I believe it will help in the maintenance and growth of this ministry. I can't make things happen without financial assistance, so I encourage all of my readers not only to financially assist (see below) in helping maintain and grow this ministry, but also by visiting and supporting my advertisers.

Currently I have Google advertising on my site. With these ads I get paid a small fraction whenever these ads are visited, so I encourage you to do so. It does not amount to much at the end of every month, but every little bit helps. I hope to remove this when I get enough financial support that I don't need it.

I also have as of now five banner ads below each post that I encourage all of my readers to visit and see what they are about. By you supporting them, you are supporting this ministry. These ads are also Orthodox ministries that I would encourage you to support or at least visit to see what they have to offer.

If anyone wishes to advertise on mystagogy, please email me at

3. Another Website

Back in May 2013 I announced Mystagogy will be under the umbrella of a much larger entity that will consist of this ministry. As I am in the process of cleaning up old posts here at Mystagogy and developing new posts both here and at Honey and Hemlock, I also want to announce another website that I hope to launch this month that is devoted specifically to issues of the Science of Origins in light of Orthodox thinking.

I understand this is a controversial topic, yet my goal is not to be controversial but enlightening. For years I have had material on this subject that has not been made available and this website will allow me to share it. This is a subject I personally approach with an open yet critical mind and various view points will be offered, with all their strengths and weaknesses.It will not be about me proposing my views, but its purpose will be to guide both myself and my readers into the most proper method of viewing this subject in an Orthodox manner. More will be said on this shortly, but I am announcing it now to be aware of its launch within a few weeks.


There are many other things I am working on that I am not ready to announce now, but will hopefully get to in my next progress report, which will be in late April or early May in the form of my annual report. Next week begins the Triodion which will lead us into Great Lent, then Holy Week, then Easter/Pascha. I pray this period be a great blessing for all, and I hope what I offer here will add to that blessing.

Please help financially support this ministry that it will continue to be a blessing in thousands of peoples lives on a daily basis. Thank you in advance.

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John Sanidopoulos