“LA, LA, LA, LA, LA, I Can’t Hear You!”

She had her eyes closed and her fingers in her ears and she kept saying “la, la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you!” You see I had uttered the ancient and hated words “Sweetie, it’s time for bed.” And she didn’t want to go to bed, but rest is what she needed. She needed a decent bedtime, so that her tomorrow wouldn’t be poisoned by bad choices of her today. She…

You Mean Them Too?

Christ is risen! There’s a great Country song from 1994 performed by Tim McGraw called “Don’t Take the Girl” and it tells the story of how a young man’s attitude toward the “fairer” sex changes as you get older. But the first part of the song as a young boy beggin his dad not to take the neighborhood girl along with them on their fishing trip! When little Johnny hears his dad…

We are Here to Hear!

Christ is risen! Jesus uses a phrase in the Gospels that I have always found to be both challenging and intriguing: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” The Lord uses the phrase in all three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and in John 8:47 the Lord declares “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” So, it…

Who’s Your Daddy

The Southern United States is known for “Southern hospitality” and those of us from this region of the US pride ourselves on our gentility, kindness, and family traditions. That being said, we Southerners also have a strong strain of tribalism in our culture. In fact, whether you know it or not, we Southerners have a bit of a strong suspicion of strangers in our midst. And we have a Southern “code” in…

That Post-Pascha Slump!

Have you ever looked at the Sundays following Pascha? Each Sunday has a particular focus that both protects us from a Post-Pascha let down AND insights into keeping the flame if Pascha burning in our hearts and homes. This Sunday we hear about the healing of the Paralytic. What paralyzes your spiritual growth, consistent practice of the faith, and stunts your growing love for Christ? Whatever it is, it’s keeping you from…

What’s in a Name? Maybe Everything!

Christ is risen! It is no coincidence that the first “job” God gave Adam was to “name” the animals. Remember, the Lord created we humans in His image to become in His likeness, and that means Adam was created with the ability and the goal to grow, mature, develop, and become “like” his Creator. And that means Adam, while created “perfect” in his potential, still had “work” to do to become like…

“Run to the Light, Carol Ann!”

Christ is risen! OK, a cheesy movie quote may not be the best way to start a devotional, but it’s the first thing that popped in my mind when I started working on this subject this morning. Besides, we’ve heard so much about “light” and “darkness” and stories of people having near-death experiences and seeing a “light” at the end of a tunnel and being drawn to that “light.” One of the…

Exciting Changes are Coming!

Dear Orthodox on Purpose Readers, Very soon you will see big changes coming to our web home. We are in the process of creating a new home for this daily devotional blog that will, by God’s grace, be a real help to your Spiritual maturity and growth. Please keep us in your prayers as we work to offer our best to our Savior Who gave His best for us!   Fr. Barnabas…

A Citizen

Christ is risen!Identity is a powerful reality, and filled with all kinds of information. But your own understanding of who you are and where you belong is central to how you order your life. I never will forget my first post-liturgical coffee hour after being received into the Eastern Orthodox Church. I was at a local Greek Orthodox parish with my “visitors” name tag on that read “Barnabas Powell.” This precious little…