When I was a boy, my little brother and I would sometimes sneak around the house before our parents woke up on a Saturday morning. One Saturday, before the sun was up, my brother and I decided we could get our own breakfast, pour our own milk, and generally do what we wanted without any help. So, sneaking quietly out of bed, we went to the kitchen. We didn’t turn on any…

The Power of Memory!

The ancients kept the stories of their past alive through storytelling and through communal memory. It was just expected that a young person would memorize the tales of the tribe so that he could pass on this communal memory to the next generation. Now don't laugh, but when I think of this, I think of the perfect illustration of this fundamental idea of human self-knowledge from a movie!

Mom’s Birthday

I suppose the whole world couldn't contain the poems, stories, and memories we children collect about our mothers. I know I owe much of my good qualities to the brave lady who raised me and my little brother. And the one quality I always remember is that, no matter what was going on in my life, I could always, and I mean always, count on my mom.

God So Loved The World

Today we hear a familiar passage from John 3:16. We know it by heart. But have you contemplated the depth if the theology if this simple scripture? God loves! God loves Deliberately. God loves Honestly. God loves at Great Cost. God loves you in all these ways and, today, His love Demands a response! Well?

September 7 Designated as Assembly of Bishops Sunday

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has designated Sunday, September 7 as Assembly of Bishops Sunday and releases the following encyclical: To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Members of Philanthropic Organizations, the Youth and Youth Workers,  and the entire Orthodox Christian Family in the United States of America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

RAPTUREMANIA! (Scary sounds in the Background)

Standing in line at the supermarket is such an education. As I'm placing my grocery items on the conveyor belt and watching them slide toward the cashier, I glance toward the ubiquitous magazines there in the check-out line and read headlines screaming at me that Big Foot has been seen again, the latest Hollywood starlet has been cheated on or has cheated on her spouse, an aging actor tells all, and (most importantly) the Pope has been contacted by an alien race informing him that the world will soon end! Fascinating!

An Unclean Spirit

As kids we would tease each other constantly. Now I know you never did this, because you were a nice and respectful child, but, well, we were rascals at times! I remember the one taunt that always got me was "I know you are, but what am I?" Some kid would call me a meanie and I'd say to him "I know you are, but what am I?" Then, of course, I'd be playing with my little brother and he'd cheat and I'd call him a cheater, and that aggravating phrase would come from him to me! How childish!

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Growing up as a young man in the 1970's meant I heard some of the best music in the world! One song I remember that got the whole car singing along was the anthem "United we Stand" by the Brotherhood of Man. The chorus was "For united we stand, divided we fall. And if our backs should ever be against the wall, we'll be together, together you and I."