The Protection of the Theotokos

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” This saying has been around a long time and been attributed to several famous and not-so-famous people, but it rings true, doesn’t it?: It’s hard to communicate AND easy to miscommunicate, especially if both speaker and hearer want to misunderstand! We are a people strongly shaped by an inherent mistrust of all…

Ask Seek Knock!

We moderns love systems. What I mean is we read all the time about “10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism,” “4 Steps to a New You!,” “8 Days to a Clean House!,” and so on. We simply can’t resist clicking on those links to read those stories. We seem desperate to find the right “system” to address our worries, concerns, and hopes. And yet, all too often, these articles are filled with…

Having Healthy Relationships

What is it about close relationships that either blind you or enlighten you? What I mean is, I’ve known folks who were so close to someone else that they were absolutely blind to that other person’s faults. I’ve seen it get so bad that the two people were so enmeshed with each other that they really were their own worst enemies when it came to other friends and relatives. There’s nothing like…

Renewing You: A Priest, A Psychologist, and a Plan!

Here’s an interview I just did with Fr. Nick and Dr. Roxanne Louh about their new book “Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan.” This is a book you’ll want to read and also give as gifts to others. Take a bit and watch this and then go to https://store.ancientfaith.com/renewing-you/ and get this book.

Truth Matters; Life Matters More

My dear friend Hank Hanegraaff has a book out called “Truth Matters; Life Matters More” and in it Hank goes through the journey of revelation about his move into the Orthodox Church BECAUSE of his discovery that the continuity of Faith was about more than religious ideas or philosophy but a living communion between real people holding to the LIFE of the faith, not merely the ideas of the Faith. And it…

How Long Before I Start to Die?

The girl needed a transfusion and the only suitable donor was her brother, and he was just 11 years old! So, the family talked it over and said it had to be up to the brother to do this. The doctor approached the boy and asked if he’d give his blood to save his sister’s life. The boy thought for only a moment and said “yes.” So, they took the boy in…

The Contagion of Generosity

As someone who has spent most of my adult life either as a police officer or in the nonprofit world, I can tell you, generosity is both addictive and life-giving. It really is. Studies have shown that there are real psychological changes in someone’s behavior and mood when they are generous. And it seems we Americans are more generous than ever, but our generosity is changing. In the past few years, there’s…

Becoming LIKE Christ

How do we tame the chaos in our lives? Let’s face it, it seems the chaos is increasing in our day and age, and more and more it seems people are actually encouraging chaos and the fanning of the flames of our passions. But this level of chaos isn’t sustainable, and eventually something’s got to give! Listen to what Abba Evagrius says “A wandering mind is made stable by reading, vigil and…

Empowered By The Holy Spirit

My Pentecostal background shaped me to expect that God wouldn’t ask me to BE like Jesus Christ and then not give me the power to actually DO that! But being cut off from the continuity of the wisdom of the Church meant we had to make it up as we went along, usually with tragic results! Discovering Orthodoxy opened up a whole new vista of wisdom in the Power of the Holy…

Truly This Was The Son of God

Everybody knows that whoever possesses the Spear of Destiny, has ultimate power! Their armies can never be defeated and power will be theirs forever, as long as they have the Spear! You know the Spear I’m talking about, don’t you? This is the Spear that pierced the Lord’s side at His crucifixion! Great Hollywood script material! Of course, this mythology surrounding the Spear of St. Longinus all depends on a view of the world…