Love – More Than A Feeling, More Than Desire

The Apostle Paul says that love is the “more excellent way.” But we have allowed the word “love” to be dumbed down to little more than “feelings of desire.” But the Faith does not allow us to reduce “love” to anything less than God Himself. St. John insists that “God is love.” With that standard, we Orthodox have no room to allow for the reduction of love to that which enslaves people…

Fatherhood and True Leadership = Service

My friend, Bill Mariannes, recently published a post on social media that, frankly, scared me. I think I had a sense that these statistics were real, but the combination of all of them shook me up. He was writing on the crisis of fatherlessness in current society. As a man raised by a single mom in my early years, this looks all too familiar! Look at this: And the research showed that…

Examining The Ground That Grows Your Choices

We were talking in Bible study recently about “First Principles.” It seems this is something we so rarely consider, but if we miss fundamental truths, we always end up in places we never intended to go. I will go further and say that a regular examination of the ground that grows your choices is absolutely necessary for you to know WHY you do what you do. For instance, if you don’t build your…

Making Things Worse!

Sometimes you just gotta cut your losses! But how do you do that, especially when emotions are involved? It seems I was at a very familiar place in my life. Being someone who loves to help and loves to be seen as a benefit in someone else’s life, I was once again hitting a brick wall with this person. Try as I may, I just couldn’t get past the wall of anger…

Wisdom Makes Compassion Effective

Is compassion enough to make real change or make good decisions about how to live your life? There are so many voices in our culture today that claim to justify choices about actually changing timeless moral virtues based on their insistence that they are compassionate towards persons who have been marginalized or mistreated. They say that compassion demands we dismantle society and remake society where compassion is the key. But what happens…

A Priority Check! Are You Paying Attention?

OK, I’ll come clean. I really have a hard time really paying attention. Oh, I can keep attention for a while, but, inevitably, my strength gives out and I’m distracted by my pain, or expectations, or even my hopes. My attention is pulled in a million different directions by a world and the passions that want me to focus only on them. And I give in to that temptation too much! No…

Peace in The Middle of the Storm

What struck me was his strong, silent presence even in the face of chaos and tragedy. Here we were, dealing with the human tragedy and destruction in the aftermath of a hurricane. We were there as clergy to help people. We were moving through the American Red Cross “tent city.” It was set up to hold hundreds of displaced people and we were there as IOCC Frontliners, the First Responders ministry of…

To Know Him Is To Become LIKE Him!

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the…

Fr. Barnabas Powell – Why A Pentecostal Became Orthodox

I recently enjoyed being on the “According to John” podcast. If you have friends who are interested in Orthodoxy, this might be a good video to send them. Hope you enjoy it and I pray you’ll share it too! “In this interview, you will hear Father Barnabas Powell speak about his faith journey, from being a Protestant pastor to an Orthodox priest. It was a journey that affected other families, involving historical…