Declare These Things

It’s amazing how quick folks get upset if they feel like they are being bossed around. I had a couple come to see me once about how to raise their child and they informed me they had decided to not say anything about God to the child so that he could make up his mind once he got older. Imagine their surprise when I pointed out that was not just foolish but…

A Great Opportunity ALWAYS Has Great Opposition!

Let’s see; thinking of things that go great together – ham and eggs, peanut butter and jelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Tom and Jerry, a crisps, cool morning and a warm cup of coffee, bacon and, well more bacon! OK, so that’s a bit silly, but there are some things in life that simply always go together. It is understanding the power of these pairings that help us see deeper into…

Hearing AND Doing!

I’ve always struggled with my weight! It’s been a struggle since I was a kid, and I specifically remember when it started: It all began when I had my tonsils removed! You see, I was a skinny kid because I was always getting an infection and the doctors advised my parents to do what doctors advised many parents to do; take the boy’s tonsils out and he won’t get sick as much,…

How Can You Say There Is No Resurrection?

Friedrich Nietzsche declared “Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” And Fr. Seraphim Rose responds: “Atheism, true ‘existential’ atheism burning with hatred of a seemingly unjust or unmerciful God, is a spiritual state; it is a real attempt to grapple with the true God.… Nietzsche, in calling himself Antichrist, proved thereby his intense hunger for Christ.” In our modern world, gripped by what I call the religion of scientism, reduces…

God Is Not a God of Confusion

Isaac Newton once said “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” How I resonate with that. Simplicity is the enemy of confusion and chaos. I’ll never forget the story of a Third world visitor to the US being overwhelmed by her first trip to an American grocery store. This precious woman broke down in tears, not at the abundance, but at the…

Speaking In Tongues

It’s one of (if not the) fastest growing forms of Christianity in the world, and it’s the movement I came from when I converted to Orthodoxy so many years ago. I’m talking about the Pentecostal movement. And one of the most distinctive aspects of Pentecostalism is something called “speaking in tongues.” Every month I get some question or comment or inquiry about my attitude about this supernatural phenomenon so I thought I’d…

I Shall Be Understood Fully

“Oh, come on. You know good and well I didn’t mean that the way you are taking it!” Frankly, I couldn’t get over that this person so misunderstood me. It almost felt like it was on purpose to discredit what I was saying. After a few deep breaths, and a dialing back my wounded ego, I stopped and asked this person “Why did you think I meant that by what I said?”…

Some Will Depart From the Faith

Why do people stop practicing the faith? Why are we seeing so many young people abandon the faith of their youth? Countless studies have been done trying to answer this question. Every time I travel to speak around the country in parishes big and small, I get asked this question as well. And there are as many answers as there are studies. All of these articles and writers usually have some good…

Obedient Unto Death

“To honor and obey.” I remember hearing much howling about this phrase even years ago as the feminist movement became predominant in our culture. For a woman to have to “obey” her husband was insulting, demeaning, and needed to be removed from the ceremony. “We are equals” was the battle cry. And you know what, that’s true. Men and women are equals in value, worth, dignity, and love. But what does that…

Orthodoxy and Psychology: Friend or Foe? Faith Encouraged LIVE

Sunday, August 14th, join Fr. Barnabas and his special guests Fr. Nicholas Louh of ASt. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, FL. and his Presbytera Dr. Roxanne Louh, a clinical psychologist, and we hear from this dynamic couple how they see their ministries working together for the glory of God. That’s tomorrow night at 8 PM Eastern on AncientFaith.com!