Is It Lawful to Do Good?

As a former police officer, I remember well having to memorize the rules of the road so that I could ENFORCE the rules. Of course all these laws were on the books for people’s safety, but I can’t tell you how tempting it was to reduce that central purpose to the mere enforcing the rules as a purpose unto itself. You can always tell the difference between an officer who gets the…

Why Don’t You Understand?

I know, I know, I should be more patient, but I confess a deep sense of frustration when I’m trying to explain how to get the wifi to work to someone. It’s so simple and yet, they don’t get it! Of course, I remind them, it’s not that easy explaining it to you when you’re three states away from me! Why is it we humans struggle with understanding certain things about life,…

Don’t Blame the Person

“Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of that person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.” St. John of Kronstadt Now think about that for a moment. St. John calls us to always focus, not on the evil men…

An All New Faith Encouraged LIVE THIS SUNDAY Night!

Please Listen This Sunday night as Fr. Panayiotis and I talk about the consequences of getting the identity of Jesus Christ wrong! And just why these consequences create spiritual illness in people and societies. That’s Sunday at 8 PM on AncientFaith.com. Also, share this with your friends, parish, and family. Thanks! And don’t forget our Annual Ministry Survey! It’s open till the end of the month, so take 5 minutes and fill…

Signs of the Times

OK, so, the store started putting out decorations for Christmas around Halloween! Subtle signs that the gift buying season was approaching and letting us know we better get to it if we were going to get all that cool stuff to give as presents at Christmas. And, as usual, the stories of many who were upset that the Christmas decorations were out “too early” for their tastes and “why can’t they wait…

He Who Has Ears to Hear…

A few weeks ago we were all at home, just sitting in the living room when there was a noise outside the back door. My wife turned to me and asked “did you hear that?” I had and went to investigate. It turned out to be nothing more than a bullfrog trying to get the attention of the object of his affection! But it got me thinking: Why do we ask such…

People Talking Without Speaking…

At a recent spiritual retreat I was asked to conduct, I was asked how one should prepare to deal with questions about the faith when others ask about it. Usually many of our Orthodox brothers and sisters get very nervous when somebody asks them about our Orthodox Faith. It’s a good question, but it points to a deeper challenge, like most good questions do! While it may be satisfying to get some…

Why Did You Ask Me That?

I love Oliver Twist. It’s a great story about confronting a system that had grown inhuman because of an attempt to reduce persons to mere cogs in a machine. Ah the joys of the Industrial Revolution. Our hero, Oliver, does what he wasn’t “suppose” to do; he asks for “more” and that one request starts us off down the path of revealed hearts, weak morals, and true repentance. But, just like the…

Please Take our 1st Annual Ministry Survey!

Two years ago we started Faith Encouraged Ministries to start organizing our media work in a way that would be both effective and useful. We applied for and received non-profit status from the IRS so any donations would be tax deductible for our partners and we started using what we had: Weekly Homilies A Monday through Friday devotional, both text and audio A twice a month LIVE call in program where spiritual…