Bitter Medicine

My best friend in the world died of a brain tumor many years ago. Anyone who has either struggled with cancer or knew someone who did, knows the radical nature of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy is literally poison used to kill cancer. But it’s still poison. Many have wondered if the cure is worse than the disease. And yet, modern science sees us surviving cancer at higher percentages every year. So, how do…

Sinners in the Hands of A Loving God!

An Optimist says the glass is half full; A Pessimist says the glass is half empty; A Realist says the glass has water in it; An Opportunist drinks the water while the other three are arguing! Let’s face it; life is complicated and perspective makes a difference in practically all situations in our lives. But getting the proper perspective at the right time always strikes me as a real challenge. I’m so…

Mary Gives Her Free Yes!

Right here during our Lenten journey, the Church brings us to one of the six feasts of the Theotokos, the Virgin Mary. And it is the Feast of the Annunciation. Of course, you know this story well. God sends the angel Gabriel to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph and the angel (interestingly, the Greek word for “angel” is literally “messenger.” That’s a big hint by the way!) tells this…

The Sins of Our Fathers

The old saying is “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” And then there is “He’s a chip off the old block.” When I was a young man I feared these old sayings, terrified that they were right. You see, I didn’t want to be like my dad. Don’t get me wrong, my dad is a sweet man, but his choices in life have had consequences beyond just him. I guess…

“Fairness” Is A Trap

“But it’s not fair!” You could hear the pain and anger in her voice. You could see her face was contorted and shaped in a way that communicated just how upset she was. Hey, get used to this if you have children! My daughter was indignant that her sister got to do something she wasn’t able to do as well. And her insistence that “it’s not fair” was somehow to insist the…

Garments of Skins

Animal sacrifices are found in many cultures and many belief systems. Which begs the question, where did this idea that blood was necessary to atone for sins originate? Glad you asked. It originated from the beginning. Look at our Lesson today in Genesis 3:21-4:7: And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like…

It Wasn’t My Fault!

“She made me do it.” This was the “excuse of my daughter when I asked her why she hit her sister! Wow, that’s a lot of power to give to someone else! It seems we humans have a particular gift for shifting the blame to someone else when we make mistakes. We also seem to be particularly good at excusing or justifying our choices even when those choices turn out badly! Look…

The Breath Of God

Phillip James Bailey, an English poet of the late 19th century, once said: “Let each man think himself an act of God; his mind a thought; his life, a breath of God; and let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds to show the most of heaven he hath in him.” One of the amazing revelations of the Orthodox Christian Faith is the high dignity humanity has in this wondrous creation.…

Made For Him to be LIKE Him

Shakespeare’s Hamlet has a character named Polonius and Shakespeare has him utter those now famous words “For the apparel oft proclaims the man.” And then, of course, there’s the famous business advice “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have!” All this focus on apparel makes one wonder if men are unaware of their true selves. And that, dear one, is seen in the fervent scramble of humanity to…

The Gift of Time

Harvey Mackay said “Time is free but priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back”  This “gift of time” is all about perspective and maturing enough in your life to appreciate the nature of your time here in this life. And time is, in fact, God’s idea. He created time; the…