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 … Read Full Article

On Gifts from Saint Nicholas

On Gifts from Saint Nicholas

Every year, as Christmas approaches, the discussions begin in parenting circles: How do you deal with Santa Claus? Some embrace the myth wholeheartedly, complete with the recent addition of the Elf on the Shelf, Santa’s faithful spy (since, apparently, kids these days are less open to the idea of an omniscient Santa than previous generations). Others reject it completely, fearing that perpetrating even so innocent a deception will damage their children’s trust in them, especially as regards things invisible and … MORE ›

An Orthodox Response to John Calvin on Icons: Icons and Idolatry

An Orthodox Response to John Calvin on Icons: Icons and Idolatry

Are all religious depictions idolatry? This is a question that plagued the Roman Empire near the end of the eighth century, and again in the ninth. And though our patristic forebears no doubt assumed this aversion to iconography was settled once and for all—as celebrated most pointedly on the Sunday of Orthodoxy near the beginning of Great Lent—the aniconic spirit reared its ugly head again in the Protestant Reformation. In my first article on this topic, I briefly examined the … MORE ›

Gospel Meditations on the Incarnation: Matthew

Gospel Meditations on the Incarnation: Matthew

True God of True God, the Greater Son of Abraham & David Ends The Greater Exile The Gospel of Matthew begins with genealogy. In laying out the genealogy of Jesus the way he does, Matthew intends to highlight the identity of Jesus by the triple division of the history he is presenting. The divisions are “all the generations from Abraham to David…and from David to the deportation to Babylon…and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ.” (Matthew 1:17) In exploring … MORE ›

St. Andrew the First-Called

St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle (Nov. 30)

St. Andrew the First-called — given this title because he was the first Apostle to follow our Lord — was a fisherman from Bethsaida. A disciple of St. John the Forerunner and brother to St. Peter, St. Andrew responded to the call of Christ with tremendous vigor. In the Gospel of John, we see Andrew respond to The Forerunner’s declaration “Behold the Lamb of God!” by leaving John to follow Christ, and telling his brother Peter that they had found The Messiah. After following Christ during … MORE ›