How About Giving FAITH For Christmas?

Why not give a Christmas Gift to your family, friends, or even parish that fosters consistent Faith? Fr. Barnabas’ book “A Faith Encouraged” invites the reader to a daily encounter with Scripture and Tradition. And our Intro to Orthodoxy video series and workbook – “A Journey to Fullness” – would be a perfect gift for the parish library or a seeking friend or family member! Just go to store.ancientfaith.com and look for…

You’re Misunderstanding

Why is it we humans struggle with understanding certain things about life, technology, relationships, politics, and the list goes on and on? Well, it’s got everything to do with different experiences, different upbringing, different priorities, and so on. But what if there was a basic understanding that was fundamentally common to all humans? Misunderstanding something that basic could have huge consequences! And, you know what, there is something that is fundamental to…

Finding Fault Always Fails

St. John of Kronstadt said “Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of that person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.” Now think about that for a moment. St. John calls us to always focus, not on the evil men…

3 Powerful Principles of True Leadership

“I’m their leader! Which way did they go?” I have a cap with two bills on it, one in the front and one in the back with that slogan on it. It’s funny because it’s so often true. Leadership is always such a rewarding and challenging calling. In fact, if you could get most leaders to share their deepest and most honest feelings, you would find that most leaders feel quite inadequate…

Your Desires Will Either Lead or Follow

It really is amazing what price we humans are willing to pay to get what we desire. We have some interesting priorities. Did you know that we spend about 17 BILLION dollars a year on pet food in Europe and the US? We spend 8 BILLION dollars a year on cosmetics in the US, and the Fastest growing segment of the cosmetics industry is for MALES? We are a human race that…

Are You Ready?

The notice I received had this heading: Attention as a Cultural Problem and the Possibilities of Education. It was a notice of a lecture being held at a major university and it certainly caught my attention. One of the main reasons was because I am doing research on a new book on the Spiritual Disciplines and how they are meant to tame our passions. One of the most consisted messages in all…

Do You REALLY Want to Know?

Why is it we avoid asking inconvenient questions. Or maybe they are just uncomfortable questions. Questions that get to the heart of a real injustice, or a deep seated prejudice, or even a real life-stalling behavior? Why are we moderns always in therapy but never getting really free? What will it take for us to confront some inconvenient questions in our own lives, or better yet, what will it take for us…

The Power of Purpose

One of my favorite words is “purpose.” The reason for this is because I’m convinced that it is a sense of purpose that enables a person to endure the hard work of becoming who you really are. And make no mistake, discovering who you really are is not just difficult, but absolutely impossible without some foundational truths to guide you. In working on this in my own life, I’ve found the quote…

The Cornerstone!

C.S. Lewis said it best: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” So true! You see, the Christian Faith isn’t merely a set of moral teachings. All religious systems have that, and most of them are fairly similar. The Christian Faith isn’t merely the cultural tradition of this or that people-group, though it certainly has become that…