Do Something

My recent post, The God Who Is No God, spoke of Christianity as a set of practices. This is a crucial understanding – a requirement for a living faith. It requires that we ask the question of the rich young ruler, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Oddly, he did not ask, “What … Read More ›

The God Who Is No God

A God who remains generalized and reduced to ideology is no God at all. Only the daily encounter with the living God, with all the messiness it entails, can rise to the name Christian. Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe  _____________ Belief in a true and living God is a very difficult thing, fraught … Read More ›

Stumbling Toward Salvation

On occasion I have written on topics that seem to scandalize readers, or certainly cause difficulty for many. Some of those topics have been articles on the wrath of God; the radical forgiveness of everyone for everything; the commonality of our life and our salvation; and various posts on giving thanks always for all things … Read More ›

How Do You Feel About That?

In the near decade-and-a-half that I have been Orthodox, I cannot recall ever being asked, “How do you feel about that?” It is not a wrong question, but one that simply doesn’t come up much in Orthodox conversation. The Tradition of the Church is not set by feelings (at least officially). Neither is the Church … Read More ›

A Young Missionary

A young man whom I know from our local Orthodox Christian Fellowship at the University of Tennessee is looking to return to Tanzania as part of a mission team this year. It is a joy to see young people giving their lives for the cause of Christ and reaching out at home and across the … Read More ›

After My Own Heart

I love this post on Pithless Thoughts. Good read. Good words.

The Sacrament of Mercy

There are many things that Christians think about that have been spiritualized out of existence. Our secular culture tends to grant two kinds of realities: the first is the reality of solid objects – or things we treat as solid objects. The second is the reality of thought and imagination. Of course, we do not … Read More ›

The Audacity of Mercy – St. Isaac the Syrian

St. Isaac stretches love and mercy to it’s farthest limits, occasionally beyond the bounds of canonical understanding. He remains a saint of the Church and his words are very important to hear. +++ Let yourself be persecuted, but do not persecute others. Be crucified, but do not crucify others. Be slandered, but do not slander … Read More ›

One-Storey Universe on Kindle

For those who own an Amazon Kindle (I got one for Christmas), my book, Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe is now available. The price is discounted when compared to the paperback. Conciliar Press, its publisher, is increasing the number of titles available in Kindle format. I welcome this new means of sharing my … Read More ›

The Strength We Find in Weakness

Abba Poemen believed that the only time you could observe a person’s true character was when that person was tempted. From the Sayings of the Desert Fathers +++ There is obvious wisdom in the saying about Abba Poemen: it is not our strengths that best define us, but our weaknesses. In our culture, where virtual … Read More ›

Where the Gospel Begins

Where does the Gospel begin – how do we tell the story of Christ? This question may seem too obvious to require an answer. However, it is increasingly relevant in what some describe as a “post-Christian” era. This reality came home to me years ago, during the first year of my ordained ministry. A woman … Read More ›