He Must Increase

Einstein’s theories of relativity and space time mark science’s attempt to explore and understand the created order. And reading about these ideas gives me a headache! But I am fascinated by the complex beauty and wonder these ideas reveal. A recent long term experiment conducted to test the theory of curved space time and the effects this has on our perception of time is awe inspiring. Scientists have more information today about…

Freedom in Knowing

Ralph Waldo Emerson once suggested that the greatest invention of humanity is friendship. But Emerson is mistaken. Friendship isn’t man’s invention. It is God’s. No matter how hard we try to hide it, our hunger for intimacy, relationships, and communion always “spills” out of our hearts. That’s why we hunger for friends and companions. That’s why, as rare a true love may be, true friendship is rarer still. And yet, we long…

When You, O Lord…

“When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the Voice of the Father bore witness unto You and called You His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His Word. O Christ, our God, Who has revealed Yourself, and has enlightened the world, glory to You!” On this Feast of Theophany, let us drown…

At the Beginning of the Year

Words for me at the beginning of the year: “Love, endure, overlook, do not get angry, do not become irritated, forgive one another, in order that you resemble our Christ and are counted worthy to be near to Him in His kingdom.” Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, “Counsels from the Holy Mountain” Today, when you can only notice the need for these words in your own life and take no thought of…

A Two-Edged Sword

OK, I’ve got good news and bad news, and, it turns out it’s the same news. Confused? Don’t be. This reality is as old as time itself. One man’s Good News is another man’s bad news, and, as usual, it depends on the condition of your desires and your perspective. But that is true in so many other aspects of our lives. Take the financial markets. When bonds are cheap and the…

You Must Be Born Again

At the height of the Jesus Movement in the 1970’s in America, we had a “born again” President, Jimmy Carter, and we had the beginnings of the modern Church Growth movement and the start of what would become the megachurch movement among religious Americans. We also had a New York Times Best Seller by Rev. Billy Graham called “How To Be Born Again” (1977). While I know many of those who grew…

OMG

“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Well, another year has come and gone and we stand on the cusp of a new calendar year. Inevitably we will be asked to read and reflect on the past year with its successes and its failures and we will be nostalgic for the good times and glad to see the bad times pass. It’s New…

Our one Year Anniversary

At the Feast of Theophany, our Orthodox on Purpose blog will celebrate our first year of ministry! We have over 2000 regular readers on our Facebook site, and growing readers on Twitter, Linkedin, and Google +. We have almost 2000 regular users of our Word Press blog site and a growing readership across the internet! As we enter 2014, we hope to have an exciting announcement for you regarding the growth of…

Bring Me A Coin

A recent scientific journal reported on the 11 year cycle of our sun. It turns out that every 11 years our sun flips its polar magnetic poles. This affects the number of sunspots and other solar phenomena that ripples all the way out to the edge of our solar system. Fascinating information. And much like other bits of information too big for any of us to have any control over in our…

The Nativity Homily of St. John Chrysostom

“BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here…