Preaching is a task that we priests do at least every Sunday, and many of us more often. St John Chrysostom, my patron Saint, said that this is one of the most important tasks of the priest. I have been asked in the past how I prepare homilies. I preach without notes before but that doesn’t mean … Read More →
We have entered that beautiful season in the Church where we bless holy water and homes. I try to give a little explanation about that in my new video blog series that you can find on Facebook, but very soon, elsewhere!
We all know the next phrase in that Scriptural quote… don’t we? Did you think, “…and on earth peace, good will towards men”? What if I told you that there is also an ancient manuscript tradition that is translated, “…and on earth peace, towards men of good will“? This is actually the translation of the words … Read More →
The celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh (Christmas) is an extremely joyful one. I don’t see the old “people laughing, people passing, greeting smile after smile” so much any more, but it is still joyful. Even those who are strictly “spiritual” and not “religious” seem to get into the swing … Read More →
I was recently asked by an old friend of mine to address sola scriptura from the stand point of spiritual pathology, or more closely to his words, what does this do to one’s soul and how does one heal that? For decades Orthodox Christians have written about sola scriptura in view of theology and authority, but … Read More →
Most of us believe we understand what idolatry is. It seems so simple: don’t worship created things. The images and idols pointed to in the Old Testament were those things which are created to be worshipped as God. Got it. Simple. But is it really? As Orthodox Christians we know that iconography is not an idol, … Read More →