Get Up Quickly!

Christ is risen! Sometimes it’s just time to move. I mean there comes a time in your life when the day has past for contemplation, planning, and consideration and the time comes to act and act fast. But you are never going to be ready for that moment in your life without preparation. And that preparation takes three distinct disciplines to make you ready to move when the time comes. No one…

Putting Words in Your Mouth

Christ is risen! It was exquisite! Just the right response to a mean comment! I mean the timing was perfect. The word choice was absolutely right on. And the effect was exactly what I was hoping for. It was like a perfect third strike pitch in the bottom of the ninth of the last game of the World Series. It was exquisite! And it’s rare. You know what I’m talking about. How…

Do Whatever He Tells You

I have never found obedience particularly easy. In fact, being a head strong and prideful person, obedience has always made me uncomfortable and even fearful that I was “giving myself away.” So, why is the notion of obedience so prominent in Orthodox Christian teachings and the wisdom of the fathers who have come before us? It has everything to do with just why obedience is so tough. It’s because obedience uncovers our…

Pentecostalism and Orthodoxy

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Christ is Risen! A Homily From Pascha

Christ is risen!Here is the homily from the Pascha service last Sunday before midnight. The first part is me reading the Paschal Encyclical from Hi Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios and then my homily about the reality of Christ’s resurrection!

I’ve Got the Power!

All my life, I’ve dreamed of having some kind of superhero power. When I was a boy, I wanted to be like Superman and have the ability to run around the world really fast and pick up trucks and stop speeding bullets. “Why,” you may ask. Because it’s cool! That’s why! I bet I’m not the only one who’s dreamed of having some super power. If I were, then there would be…

The Promise

“I promise!” And with that my daughter assured me she would really clean her room. A few hours later, her room was indeed clean, with some snack breaks along the way! The word “promise” is such a wonderful word. But the value of the word always lies in the character of the person using it. I guess that’s true of all words, isn’t it? For instance, my daughter’s promise holds more weight…

What Do You Seek?

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” This startling quote from the great American poet Henry David Thoreau captures an insight into the challenge of our human lives. All too much of the time I find myself asleep to the true dignity and purpose of these years granted me by my Creator. And what’s worse, there are moments of clarity about…