Having grown up as a Protestant — first in the Lutheran tradition, then having my “born again” experience as a Baptist — I’ve been largely ignorant of Eastern Orthodoxy all my life. As an apologist, former pastor, and theology nerd, I’m no stranger to the common Protestant cliché of “just wanting to do things like they did in the book of Acts.”
I challenged myself to do just that, so I went back to the beginning. I have already read through the entire Bible, so I started reading the Church Fathers. I absolutely fell in love with the wealth of knowledge that’s been there for nearly 2000 years. I was also challenged quite a bit. My initial investigation has convicted me that many of the beliefs I long held dear would have been entirely foreign to the Early Church, and if I am going to “go back” to the way they did things, I am going to have to change a few things. I’ve accepted this.
I am an “aspiring catechumen”. By this, I mean that I hope to one day actually be a catechumen. I’m still learning about the Orthodox Church, and I find the Eastern Christian faith compelling. I am taking my time, however, learning, praying, and asking a lot of questions. When one converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, they’re often said to have “crossed the Tiber”. Much in the same way, though much less common, is the expression that one has “crossed the Bosphorus” as they convert to Eastern Orthodoxy. I believe I’m well on that way, thus one could say I have “a toe in the Bosphorus”.