No Short Cuts

“I know a shortcut!” And with that, me a my buddy promptly got lost going to a friend’s house! You see, I remember the days before GPS! Yes, I’m THAT old. By the way, are you aware that we now have a generation growing up that will never know what the world was like before the smartphone and GPS tracking? I wonder where they will take “shortcuts?” We all face the temptation…

A Blessed Life

“How are you today?” It’s a common question we ask all the time. And I confess it was a polite greeting I was asking just to be polite. But then she gave me the answer that communicated volumes to me about her. She replied “I’m blessed!’ A beautiful smile, a lilt in her voice, and a sweet demeanor all said she really meant it. Of course I’ve heard that reply a lot,…

Quick! Get UP!

Sometimes it’s just time to move. I mean there comes a time in your life when the day has past for contemplation, planning, and consideration and the time comes to act and act fast. But you are never going to be ready for that moment in your life without preparation. And that preparation takes three distinct disciplines to make you ready to move when the time comes. No one is able to…

Don’t Be Deceived!

The very nature of deception is selfish pride! To deceive someone, you have to care more for yourself than you do God or the other. Deception is the purposeful attempt to hide reality, and it leads to delusion and darkness. Always. No wonder the first deceiver was found in the Garden with two very young creatures who weren’t ready for what their Creator had ALWAYS intended to give them! And no wonder,…

No Lone Ranger Christians

Asking for help isn’t really my strong suit. Frankly, I hate doing it. And I hate doing it not because of pride or ego, but because of fear. I’m afraid of appearing weak. I’m afraid of being vulnerable. And yet, most of the times in my life where I’ve finally overcome my fear and asked for help, I was glad I did, even when the other person said ‘No!” There’s something truly…

The Devil Tempts the Lord

What a provocative Gospel Lesson today! This is the passage that recalls our Lord’s 40 day sojourn in the wilderness after His Baptism. You know the story well. The Lord is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to pray and prepare for His public ministry that will eventually lead Him to the Cross, the Tomb, the Third Day rising, the Ascension, and, one day, the Second and Glorious Coming. While there…

Why Ask Why

Knowing WHY you do WHAT you do is the first step in discerning if you’re on the right path! Think of it this way: You can use a hammer to do many things, from nailing a board to a stud to breaking a window to even more nefarious and criminal acts, but “why” was the hammer made in the first place? Answer that question and you’ll get to the very nature of a…

The Right Time

The American astronaut Buzz Aldrin once said “Timing has always been a key element in my life. I have been blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.” And, of course, this reminds me of the old saying in comedy “Timing is everything.” It really is amazing when all the elements of time, opportunity, ability, and circumstances all mix together to create just the right environment for things…

Baptized Into His Death

Christ is Baptized! We are a death denying culture. In the US, the Funeral business is a $20 Billion industry employing over 13,000 people nationwide! And, in 2016 we crossed that line where over half of the American’s who passed away choose cremation over a burial. If we don’t choose cremation, we apply technics to the body to make it look less like a corpse. While all of this may seem to…

I Have Become All Things to All People

Christ is born! It was arrogant of me, I know. I thought I knew how to communicate deep Orthodox wisdom to everyone. But, here I am in front of these folks who are very different from me. They weren’t from my country. They didn’t speak my language. They didn’t know any of the references to the Bible I was making because they had never read the Bible! And I knew I was…