Stuck Half Way There!

Benjamin Franklin once said “Half a truth is often a great lie!” So many times this plays out to a negative end in society. Today’s purposeful chaos of those who would like to undo timeless wisdom is based on a sweet sounding half truth. Their whole argument why we should abandon timeless wisdom is wrapped in language that is very seductive. Arguments that begin with “We only want what’s fair” or “Equality…

To Everything, There is A Season

“To everything (turn turn turn), there is a season, (turn turn turn) and a time to every purpose under heaven.” I was 5 years old when that song was recorded and released by the Byrds. It was a song that was based on the verses in the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes. Here, Solomon struggles with the vanity of existence and the hope found in God’s ultimate will and wisdom for life. By…

No Independent Contractors in Faith

Christ is risen! 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!”…

To The Unknown god!

Christ is risen! Have you heard about the outrage that’s all the rage nowadays? It’s called “cultural appropriation.” That’s where somebody uses the cherished cultural expressions of another culture. The recent dust up about a young lady wearing a Chinese dress to her prom when she wasn’t Chinese is an example. But what if it was necessary to use the particulars of another culture to communicate Good News to them? Look at…

How To Make Sure Doubt doesn’t Become Illness

Christ is risen! Paul Tillich once said, “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.” Interesting! Too many times, moments of doubt are used by the enemy of your soul to cause you to give up or hide in shame. But doubt has never been fatal if it’s dealt with in wisdom and patience. On this day where we recall the ministry of St. John the Baptizer, doubt CAn…

THEY Must Obey the Rules!

Christ is risen! “They have to keep the rules, just like us!” Yeah, that’s true. We should all be held to the same standard. But wait a tick, have you kept the “rules” you expect others to keep? I know it’s hard to get your mind to shift from “what should be” to “what is,” but that’s what our lesson requires today. And there’s the rub, dear ones. But what if the…

I Was Not Disobedient to That Heavenly Vision

Christ is risen! “Vision” has been something of a buzz word in the Leadership Training manual for some time. Of course, these Leadership gurus get this foundational principle from the Holy Scriptures when King Solomon declared “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18) I like how that verse is translated elsewhere when it translates “the people perish” as “the people…

Truth Isn’t Up To A Vote!

Christ is risen! We live in the day and age where most people much prefer to see “gray” everywhere instead of “black and white.” In fact, the very notion that there could be anything that was that clear, that uncomplicated, that cut and dry is a terrifying thought to most. After all, if there are truths that are “black and white” or actual settled wisdom, then that may mean I have to…

Is Your Life “Crooked” or Straight” Or BOTH?

Christ is risen! Let’s face it, ideas matter. And the reason they matter is because ideas have consequences. Ideas flow from a mindset, a way of looking at the world and organizing the multitude of stimuli we receive through our senses every day. So, when you have an idea or an attitude or an opinion, it both comes from “someplace” and it is going to have consequences. This matters! It’s why, sometimes,…

Fr. Barnabas is Speaking this Week in Boston

Well, Virtually Speaking! Fr. Barnabas is the featured speaker at this week’s Orthodoxy on Tap in Boston, MA. Young adults from all over the area are gathering (virtually) to talk about living an Orthodox lifestyle in today’s chaotic world. Share this with your young adult!