A Journey to Fullness Premiers August 24!

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners, When we started following up on folks who expressed interest in learning more about Orthodoxy after our first Church Festival in 2010, I never expected that small beginning to grow into a full blown opportunity that share this project with the entire Church. But here we are at a pivotal moment in the life of this project you and I have talked about for some time now.…

Anticipation! It’s Making Me Wait

You remember when you were a kid and Christmas seemed to take forever. My mom use to use that old tried and true way to get me and my brother to behave through the year: “Boys, Santa is watching and Christmas is just (fill in the blank) away!” Well the older I got the shorter that line would get me to behave! And Christmas seemed to come quicker and quick as my…

The End is NEAR!

Standing in line at the supermarket is such an education. As I’m placing my grocery items on the conveyor belt and watching them slide toward the cashier, I glance toward the ubiquitous magazines there in the check-out line and read headlines screaming at me that Big Foot has been seen again, the latest Hollywood starlet has been cheated on or has cheated on her spouse, an aging actor tells all, and (most…

Bad Words?

I was reading a seventh grade public school exam from many decades ago and was struck with the level of language, grammar, and difficulty of the exam. It was very sophisticated and I struggled to “pass!” No one can look at current culture and not witness the coarsening of the language of our day. Between the mainstreaming of pornography to popular music, our children are being exposed to a kind of communication…

In-N-Out!

There’s a famous hamburger restaurant out West called In-N-Out Burger. All the natives out that way swore it was the best hamburger joint in the world. Well, I tried it when I was out that way and my verdict: Eeh, it was OK. But the name, great name signifying quick food for inside or take out. But it also reminds me of “inside and outside.” And that idea has all kinds of…

Either Lead, Follow Or…

You’ve met them. They are the ones who always seem to have a criticism of how things are going AND they don’t jump in to assist, they just want to complain. Truth be told, I’ve caught myself doing the same thing. Isn’t it amazing how much insight into a problem you can have and feel completely comfortable standing on the sidelines offer all this free advice? I guess by all the nodding…

Don’t Tell Anybody Until…

Have you ever had to hold a secret until the right time? I remember how frustrating it was for me to keep a secret about a surprise birthday party for a dear friend. It was going to be the “big 4 0” and we had all decided that I was the one who was going to have to “delay” him until all the festivities were ready. And, boy, had we planned an…

Transfigured!

Here’s a long quote from C.S. Lewis’ book “The Weight of Glory”  “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all,…

“No, You’re behind the Tax Collector, Sir!”

I’ve noticed that some folks appreciate straight talk and some folks don’t. In fact, there seem to be whole cultures where plain talk is discouraged because certain cultures consider it rude. I’ve seen this reality play out with different concepts about honesty as well. A friend of mine told me about her business dealings with someone in a very different culture than hers that illustrates what I’m talking about. She was already…

Wise or Shrewd? What’s the Difference?

He was a canny businessman. He actually took real pleasure in knowing he had gotten the better of his business associates in deals, in negotiations, and in life. He seemed to know just when to strike and just the right words to say to get his way and get ahead. And he was all alone. His great ability to shrewdly scheme his way to financial success didn’t translate into his relationships because…