Binge-Watching the World Go By

Binge-Watching the World Go By

In practically every other context, a “binge” consumption is a disease. It's something in need of psychiatric treatment, a five step program, or prescription narcotics. Not the case, however, with our perhaps tongue-in-cheek modern sickness of … Read Full Article

A Glimpse of Heaven

Sacred Relics and A Present Glimpse of Heaven

Have you ever wished you could take a quick peek into heaven? We were created in the image of God, so it’s only natural for us to long for that which is eternal. By contrast, almost everything in this world is passing away: The mighty oak raises its branches to the sky, only to become firewood. Men build skyscrapers, only to have them decay and fall to the ground. Ancient mountains suffer erosion, as the elements grind rocks into sand. Empires, nations, … MORE ›

Gospel Meditations on the Incarnation: John

Gospel Meditations on the Incarnation: John

The Word Made Flesh Rightly so, sooner or later, all discussions about Jesus lead to John’s Gospel. One main reason is the identity of Jesus as set forth in John’s prologue. Here we learn that Jesus preexisted as the Word of God and then, at a point in history became flesh so that the love of God, as John 3:16 states, could be displayed for the salvation of the world. We will explore Jesus’ identity and how that identity informs … MORE ›

From Birth to Baptism: The Glory of Christmastide

An Orthodox Reflection on the 12 Days of Christmas

A wonderful part of the Orthodox celebration of Christmas is the period of Christmastide or the 12 Days of Christmas. This is one of those rare times in the life of the Church where all fasting is suspended, and the impact of Christ’s Incarnation is on full display. Thankfully, people have come to understand more and more that the feast of Christmas was not established as a replacement of a “pagan holiday” (as is proposed in popular discussion), but is rather … MORE ›

Did You Know that Jesus Was Born in a Cave?

Did You Know that Jesus Was Born in a Cave?

As a child, the day after Thanksgiving was the day our Christmas decorations were brought down from the attic. My grandmother is skilled in ceramics, and she long ago gave us a Nativity scene that she lovingly made herself. I fondly remember taking these pieces out of storage and arranging them on our coffee table. Most Nativity scenes today look much the same, with similar animals and people. And yet, it never really occurred to me that Jesus could have been born … MORE ›