Clean Friday – O My People, Your Leaders Mislead You!

When I was a teenager, the older generation was very upset about our modern music! And the movies that Hollywood was producing that we loved, they were sure was ruining our lives and causing us to be violent or promiscuous or rebellious? Sound familiar? So, the question is does music and movies and video games cause violence and rebellion or do they simply reflect the violence and rebellion? And the answer is…

Clean Thursday – He Rises to Terrify the Earth

Why does the Bible say that God is angry? Especially when you read me write that we can’t make God angry. And even more, if we can change God’s mood, we claim to have power over God. And that idea, dear friends, is ludicrous on its face! So, what does the Bible mean when we read that God gets angry? Let’s look at our lesson today in Isaiah 2:11-21: The haughty looks…

Clean Wednesday – Let Us Walk In The Light of the Lord

Let’s face it, we had it great in Paradise! It was the perfect place to get to know God and each other. It was set up specifically for that purpose. But, alas, we had to leave that paradise because of the mortal danger of eating from the Tree of Life unprepared and enslaved to our rebellion. God, in His infinite love for us put us away from that danger until He came…

Clean Tuesday – Faithfulness Vs. Unfaithfulness

The Holy Scriptures have some basic meta-narratives that are consistent throughout the scriptures. One of these meta narratives is faithfulness vs. unfaithfulness. From Eden through the Nation of Israel and the Prophets and the kings right up to the Battle of Armageddon, those who are faithful to God and those who are unfaithful have very different ends. And it is this contrast that we are invited to confront in our Lenten journey…

Clean Monday – What Our Hearts Truly Hunger For!

“Vain repetition, that’s all it is!” My friend was absolutely horrified by my shift from my Pentecostal roots to the Greek Orthodox Church. He came to a service where I was presiding as priest and he simply shook his head in disbelief. “How could you do this?” he wondered to me afterwards. All the ritual and read prayers and prescribed movements were seen by him as nothing more that the empty “traditions”…

The Fast Is A Feast!

Our Orthodox Christian calendar revolves around Pascha, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, it isn’t just our calendar, but our entire theology revolves around the Resurrection of Jesus. Jesus Christ conquering mortality is the public proclamation of our Christian Faith. So, how do we celebrate the Resurrection? Well, first we prepare to celebrate this Cosmos Changing event! We Fast! Not just from food. That’s just the elementary part…

Pray For Your Enemies

So much conflict today is based on nothing more than finding out that someone agrees with someone else you disagree with! The friend of my enemy is my enemy. But what if all the conflicts in the world could be solved by admitting that the Source of all conflict FIRST starts within each of us? What if outward conflict is merely a reflection of our inner conflict? Just look at our Lesson…

The Grapes Are Ripe!

“It’s in your tone.” My tone, what does that mean? We were discussing some heavy issue and the conversation had, indeed, turned toward the heart of the matter. I guess my voice and facial expression began to match the seriousness of my words, and she noticed it right away. That’s when the “tone” comment surfaced. My “tone” had changed to match the seriousness of the topic. It is absolutely amazing to me…

How To Fight the Devil!

The Fallen Angels stumble from their lofty place and become enemies of the Goodness of God. Our own spiritual falls follow a similar pattern and learning how to avoid that pattern is key to fighting against the stumbles that make us partners with the devil and his demons. And, I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being on the devil’s side in my choices and my behaviors! Look at our…

Do You Know How to Stay Faithful?

Our busy lives really do challenge us in keeping our priorities in the right order, don’t they? We moderns are a complicated mishmash of schedules, opportunities, affluence, and “freedom.” And that multiplication of events, desires, hopes, and advertisements don’t seem to be slowing down. It seems that each new day brings a new barrage of invitations, exhortations, and marketing all meant to fill up every available moment of our day with “You…