Holiness How-To: Imitate our Gospel Parents

...  Sunday after Pentecost / Tenth Sunday of Matthew, August 13, 2017 I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23 Very Rev. Fr. ...  many fathers; for I begat you in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I beseech you, therefore, be imitators of me. (I Cor. 4:15-16) Paul ...  people about their spiritual life is that they may not know what to do. We can often see our sins clearly enough—we are proud, we ...

Preaching the Gospel “That Our Joy May Be Fulfilled”

...  Sunday / Feast of the Apostle John the Theologian, May 8, 2016 1 John 1:1-5; John 20:19-31 Rev. ...  Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Christ is risen! The Gospel story begins today with the gathering of the disciples of Jesus in a ...  them had even been to the empty tomb. But they didn’t know what to think. They were in doubt. Were they just seeing what they ...

The Gospel’s Good Soil

...  align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Apostle Paul preaching to the Bereans"][/caption] In my experience, adding ...  into communion with Christ within our current culture, the Gospel cannot be treated as a piece of information to be advertised. We are ...  is defined by his attention to what is next to him and by knowing how to live with the consequences of his decisions, rather than ...

St. Nicholas, Enemy of Demons

...  of Nicholas the Wonder-worker / Tenth Sunday of Luke, December 6, 2015 Hebrews 13:17-21; ...  one of the moments in his life which is perhaps less well-known, and it’s about the time he chopped down a tree. But first we have to ...  truth about Who Jesus is. But we also need to know the Gospel, the teachings of the Apostles and the Fathers and Councils of the ...

Christian Media in a Cancel Culture World

...  was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment ...  endorse, distribute, etc. Someone wrote to me to let me know that he'd been reading this book (which I gather he bought from the AFM ...  from the position of serving the mission of the gospel than I am via threats to denounce or withdraw donations. I also ...

Breaking the Dome: Conversing Outside the Conventional

...  of the questions that Orthodox Christians who are obedient to Christ's ...  demons. All but the most secular materialist Christians acknowledge the existence of demons -- fallen angels who rebelled against God and ...  on the periphery of our Christian experience. Yet in the Gospels, Jesus is constantly doing exorcisms. There are hundreds of references ...

The Defeat of Amalek

...  of the Cross, September 14, 2020 I Corinthians 1:18-24; John 19:6-11, 13-20, ...  and the demons tremble. They have seen it before. They know that it is their defeat. We wear the Cross on our necks. We make the ...  in our midst. And with it is the new Law, which is the Gospels. And also with it is the new manna in the wilderness, which is the Holy ...

The Forerunner in the Underworld

...  of the Forerunner, August 29, 2020 Acts 13:25-33; Mark 6:14-30 In the Name of ...  that this is so. 1 Peter 4:6, for instance, says “the gospel was preached also to those who are dead.” And it was fitting that ...  depending on the translation. The Underworld If you know some Greek mythology, you know that Hades is the name given to the ...

My Last Word as a Pastor

The following is the last sermon I preached as pastor to my parish, St. Paul Church ...  parishioners what they really think of them. I actually know of one who, in one of his final sermons, just read off a series of Bible ...  only inasmuch as it conforms to the Story, that is, the gospel of Jesus Christ as preached by the prophets and apostles, as witnessed ...

Why Do the Demons Afflict Us?

...  Sunday after Pentecost / Fifth Sunday of Matthew, July 12, 2020 Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-9:1 In the Name of the ...  we hear one of the more memorable exorcism passages in the Gospels, the casting out of the demons into the pigs in the country of the ...  and since the giants and their associated giant clans were known to Israel, it was normal for them to regard demons as the disembodied ...

The Mustering of the Apostles

...  Sunday after Pentecost / Second Sunday of Matthew, June 21, 2020 Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23 In the Name of the ...  John—Jesus calls these four great apostles today in the Gospel reading from Matthew chapter 4. We will look in a moment at what this ...  occupied territory, subject to rebellious angels, better known as demons. Why has He come? To take back what is His. Especially ...

The Glory of God in the Raising of Tabitha of Joppa

...  of the Paralytic, May 10, 2020 Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15 In the Name of the ...  didn’t have to pay anything to become one. We don’t know whether Tabitha was wealthy or not, but that wouldn’t have mattered, ...  of Acts, which we heard read at Pascha. He refers to his Gospel as being about “all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day ...

The Sin That Corrupts From Within

...  of the Prodigal Son, February 16, 2020 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32 In ...  understand why this was so hard for them, you have to know something about ancient Corinth. Ancient Corinth was famous and had been ...  one here who does not have one sin or another. But the gospel teaches that we can repent. We can turn away from this corruption. We ...

The First-Born

...  of the Lord in the Temple, February 2, 2020 Hebrews 7:7-17; Luke 2:22-40 In ...  siblings in a just manner. And in return, his siblings acknowledges his headship and served him. Jesus is the first-born Son of the ...  the scene that unfolds in the second chapter of Luke’s Gospel—where we see a priest of the Old Covenant take into his arms the High ...

16 Realistic Observations about Orthodoxy Online

There is almost nothing more beloved on the Internet than a listicle, and since I've ...  visible topic on the Internet than it is in 3D space. I know that it's kind of controversial, but I personally love the Western Rite ...  arguments over. It's also not more interesting than the gospel -- is it? 6) There are more people interested in teasing out difficult ...

Moral Revisionism is Irrational and Anti-Christian

...  Sunday, I preached about how morality is the original dogma, and as I was helpfully reminded, when the apostolic decrees ...  grounds, as well as showing how it's a negation of the gospel itself. In short, it is not just nonsense but anti-Christian ...  involve the demonic powers. If the moral revisionist acknowledges the place of demons in our temptations (and he has to, unless he's ...

Morality is the Original Dogma

...  of the Forefathers of Christ / Feast of St. Eleutherios, December 15, 2019 II ...  his prisoner; but suffer hardship with afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God, Who saved us and called us with a holy ...  also these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know the One Whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard ...

Feed Your God or Be Fed by God

...  Sunday after Pentecost / Eighth Sunday of Matthew, August 11, 2019 I Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22 In the Name ...  pronounced as we usually say “Baal.” And if you know the Old Testament at all, you can guess why Baal is someone whose name ...  the temple. So let’s contrast this with today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 14. This is the famous Feeding of the 5000, ...

Why Orthodox Christians Can Love Tolkien and Other Imaginative Fiction

...  this more often among Orthodox Christians than other kinds. The argument usually goes that we have everything we need in the ...  which they praise virtue or condemn vice. For just as bees know how to extract honey from flowers, which to men are agreeable only for ...

Which God Are You Sacrificing To?

...  Sunday after Pentecost and the Fifth Sunday of Matthew, July 21, 2019 Romans 10:1-10; Matthew ...  things were true this week. And so when I looked at the Gospel for today to prepare this sermon, instead of being inspired by an ...  that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to ...

The Apostles Enthroned

...  of the Twelve Apostles, June 30, 2019 I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew ...  men who followed Jesus and that He sent out to preach the Gospel to all nations. And that’s true. But if we think of these twelve ...  name: “Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” We all know what happened to Judas, and Matthew gives a “spoiler” here, as this ...

St Columba and the Water of Artbranan

...  June 9, 2019 Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God.  ...  baptize him on the spot but rather preaches to him the Gospel, which the man received through an interpreter, probably meaning that he ...  raised up on his grave. And then the place became known ever after by what was done there, being called “the water of ...

The Paralysis of Life on the Go

...  of the Paralytic, April 29, 2018 Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15 In the Name of the ...  year mark. And all that got me thinking about today’s Gospel of the paralytic healed by Jesus. But maybe not in the way you think.  ...  wrong approach to get to that goal. And I didn’t really know how to do things another way—I had been raised with this kind of life.  ...

The Four-Point Spiritual Life

...  before the Theophany of Christ, December 31, 2017 2 Timothy 4:5-8; Mark 1:1-8 In ...  historical events that we proclaim, which we find in the Gospels. It involves reflecting on those events, on what they reveal about ...  is needed, and then bring it to the table. A good waiter knows he’s a servant, doesn’t make himself the center of attention, pays ...

There is No Christmas and No Church Without History

...  before the Nativity / Eve of the Nativity, December 24, 2017 Hebrews 11:9-10, 32-40; ...  we read the genealogy of Jesus Christ that is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. It is the very beginning of that Gospel text.  ...  and that there will be people after us. Jesus of course knows this, being God, but it’s worth noting that He Himself has people that ...

The Chosen Vessel

...  of the Apostle Paul / Seventh Sunday of Luke, October 29, 2017 II Corinthians ...  this escape. Because the Apostle Paul, as he came to be known after, is our patron saint, I would like to discuss what his conversion ...  you. It is God who has chosen you to be vessels of His Gospel. And how can we understand ourselves also to be speaking to the ...

Of Course I’m Not Ashamed of Jesus!

...  after the Elevation of the Cross, September 17, 2017 Galatians 2:16-20; Mark ...  not really real. And if we do feel it, that’s how we know it’s real. We talk this way outside of ostensibly spiritual ...  when I read these words from the Lord Jesus in today’s Gospel: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous ...

Love vs. Truth: Who Wins?

The Sunday Before the Elevation of the Cross, September 10, 2017 Galatians 6:11-18; ...  in the name of what’s “right” and yet never seek to know or hear other people will almost always consistently act that way. It is ...  This is our world now. But here is what’s in the Gospel today: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten ...

How My Mother’s Life Interprets Mine

The following is an excerpt from a longer talk, titled "We're All Absalom: Emerging ...  the world, mom keeps us in the world and keeps us in the knowledge that we are real. I remember my mother being there in those long ...  that her life would be dedicated to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. When she met my father, she told him that he ...

Church Work is Mostly Disappointing

...  often share ministry stories and then say, "They didn't teach me that in seminary!" One of the things that I ...  when we teach people the truth of Jesus Christ, what the Gospel is and how we should live as a result, they just ignore it. And even ...  working that out in me with my cooperation. And you know what I've also found out? When I refocus my ministry in terms of working ...

The Transfiguration as Model for Ministry

...  of Christ, August 6, 2017 II Peter 1:10-19; Matthew 17:1-9 Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father ...  face and even His clothes—an interesting detail from the Gospel. This is still a man, but we also see Him as God. We have already ...  for just about everything first. If I feel sick, I know it’s because of a virus or bacteria or because I didn’t get enough ...