Two Covenants – The Slave and the Free

“Did you hear…” That’s the beginning of a moment that rarely turns out good! And that’s because this is usually the beginning of a conversation that is more gossip than true. But we do love to gossip, don’t we? Unfortunately, there are real consequences to spreading stories, especially when those stories are either untrue or, (sometimes worse yet) half true! And it seems to be so easy to not get the story…

The Laborer Deserves His Wage

“Well, to be fair…” I cringed when I heard these words, because I knew what followed was an attempt by the speaker to shut down the discussion. After all, everyone wants “to be fair,” don’t we? Of course we want to be “fair.” It seems to be an ingrained and foundational “sense” we humans all share. This idea that there should be an equality of treatment no matter who you are is…

Faith Is Meant to Transform Us!

Ever heard someone say “I’m hoping for the best, but expecting the worst?” Yeah, me too. In fact, I’ve said it! And the truth is it’s never happened, the worst I mean. That thing that I’ve feared the most has never happened. And yet, isn’t it amazing how our minds can conjure up these “worst case” scenarios, and then we worry about something that hasn’t happened and probably never will! We humans…

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…