An Upward Life

Catching the rain

He arrived in the US with $26 in his pocket from an Eastern European country. In his native land, he sold music records (remember those!) to make ends meet. But he spent every penny he had to buy an old computer that costs as much as someone made in a year in his country. He then set about learning to write code for computer programs.

Yesterday he sold his fourth start-up company for several million dollars.

I Never Knew You

I love this line from Shakespeare:

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?” (Hamlet, V.i)

Official Fruit Inspector

Marketing experts expect U.S. companies to spend over 177 BILLION dollars on advertising and marketing this year. (eMarketer.com, August 22, 2013) While TV advertising is still number one in marketing dollars, online ads are gaining ground, with the mobile ads starting to appear on the phone screens of Americans gaining the most ground.

Saying No So You Can Say Yes

Several days ago quite a few news outlets reported on a scientific study done to test the effects of fasting on our immune system. The discoveries were presented in a paper that suggested that fasting reboots the immune system and encourages the creation of stem cells. Isn’t it fascinating when science catches up with timeless wisdom? If one were to take the fasting disciplines of the Orthodox Christian faith seriously, a purposeful…

Saturday’s Offering

On Saturdays our goal will be to share with you from other wonderful Orthodox voices insights and helpful commentary to encourage your spiritual maturity.

This Saturday, please enjoy one of my favorite Orthodox writers, Fr. Stephen Freeman. Fr. Stephen is the parish priest at St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, TN and his blog Glory to God for All Things is one of the most widely read Orthodox blogs on the internet. I recommend this resource to you.

Depth Perception

One of the great blessings of the human brain can be found in its ability to take two things and make them one. We have two eyes, which means they necessarily see things differently. Look at the world with one eye open and switch to the other eye…

False Swearing and Striking Cheeks

There is a radicalness to the Gospel of Jesus that simply confounds most in our world, even those of us who claim to follow the Man from Galilee. The truth is this radical message is in stark contrast to much of the underlying philosophy and “epistemology” (an important word worth looking up and exploring!) of most human philosophy and even religions. Such is the radical nature of the Lord’s teaching in today’s…

The Opposite of Love

Offence

What do you think is the opposite of love? The easy answer is hate but that isn’t even close. Because hate takes attention and focus and (usually) preoccupation with the object of your hate.

And the truth is love takes the same. To love something or someone takes attention, focus, and even preoccupation with the object of your love. You remember the first time you “fell” in love (by the way, I really dislike that phrase “fell in love” as if it were beyond my control or some spell was put on me!) all you wanted to do was be around the person you loved. There has never been a big brother or big sister that doesn’t remember the aggravating little brother or sister that always wanted to follow them around. They loved their bigger sibling and they wanted to do everything they did.

Son of Encouragement, Pray for Us

Today’s reflection is in honor of Sts Bartholomew and Barnabas, so today is my name day in our Faith. The Name Day is as important (if not more important) than one’s actual birthday, and it is celebrated as such in traditional Orthodox countries. But today, I want to especially wish our Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, a blessed name day and many years of health and service to our Church. I also…

Healed! Forever!

A dear priest friend of mine is on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and other holy sites in the area. Recently he and his fellow pilgrims came to the final resting place of Lazarus, the man the Lord raised from the dead. And that got me started thinking about Lazarus and his miraculous healing and then what followed. You see, Lazarus died a second time and we have his relics with us…

Action!

I love action movies, but I confess, sometimes, my ability to suspend my disbelief and go along with some outlandish scene is pretty near impossible. Usually, the idea that something like this could really happen is just too remote even for my imagination. Sometimes we Christians fall into the same trap about our lives. Yeah, we know what the scripture says about how we should live: love God and your neighbor, forgive…