Allow Your Suffering to Bring You to Christ!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to “eat crow” over some idea I had or position I held that turned out to be, oh not necessarily “wrong” but “too small” or “too narrow” for the subject at hand. It’s made me a bit gun shy at times to make a definitive statement before I’ve had the time to really contemplate my own thoughts. After all, as the scripture says,…

Jesus IS The Cornerstone!

C.S. Lewis said it best: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” So true! You see, the Christian Faith isn’t merely a set of moral teachings. All religious systems have that, and most of them are fairly similar. The Christian Faith isn’t merely the cultural tradition of this or that people-group, though it certainly has become that…

#GivingTuesday THANK YOU!

Thank You! Our #GivingTuesday Goal was to raise $1000 for our support for 2021 and we beat that goal yesterday by almost $500! Now on to our End of Year Goal of $5000! We have till midnight on December 31st to reach this goal for support in 2021! So, you still have time to participate! Just go to our DONATION LINK and make a one time gift or you can also set…

Allow The Faith To Confront Your Everyday Life!

Recently a famous Evangelical pastor came out and stated that he is discovering that the history of the Church was plain that the Eucharist was the center of the Church’s life and not merely a sermon. I remember when I learned that the sermon wasn’t the normal center of Christian worship, it opened the floodgates of information about how normal Christianity was practiced for centuries AND the implications of this information for…

Inattentiveness Leads to Lost Holiness

“I can pray out in the woods so much better than in a church!” But do you do that? Seriously, I hear so many excuses as a priest from folks who can’t seem to make regular church attendance a priority in their lives. And most of those lives are marked by a consistent inattentiveness to God in their everyday lives. That’s why holy places are so very important to make all places…

#GivingTuesday and Faith Encouraged Ministries

Every Year at this time we reach out to you to help us have a strong foundation for the new year’s ministry work of Encouraging us all to be Orthodox on Purpose! And this year is no different, except it really IS a different year! We have faced, and continue to face, a profound challenge in our society. It isn’t just the pandemic and the healthcare crisis, but it is a deeper…

The Path To Discover Your Purpose!

I’ve been saying “Orthodox on Purpose” for so long that sometimes I wonder if I’ve grown deaf to the wisdom behind the words. After all, the danger for any minister is to keep all the words of his purpose and forgetting the meaning behind them. Terrifying! But I’ve discovered that most of us struggle to know just what our true purpose is supposed to be! Everytime I begin to forget, I try…

Are We Doing Black Friday? Really?

The day after Thanksgiving in the US is often called “Black Friday.” It use to be the day that merchants were “in the black” for the year and they saw the rest of the year up to Christmas as their time to make a profit for the year. But marketers learned many years ago that they can drive a lot of us to stores for the busy holiday season by putting on…

Giving Thanks!

It’s Thanksgiving Day in The US. The tradition of Thanksgiving started early in our nation’s history as a way for us to set aside one day to be grateful to God for the blessings we receive through the year. Of course, this is a common theme throughout human history when a society wakes up from the destruction of selfishness to the absolute necessity of gratitude. This year’s Thanksgiving may look a little…