I Was Not Disobedient to That Heavenly Vision

Christ is risen! “Vision” has been something of a buzz word in the Leadership Training manual for some time. Of course, these Leadership gurus get this foundational principle from the Holy Scriptures when King Solomon declared “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18) I like how that verse is translated elsewhere when it translates “the people perish” as “the people…

Truth Isn’t Up To A Vote!

Christ is risen! We live in the day and age where most people much prefer to see “gray” everywhere instead of “black and white.” In fact, the very notion that there could be anything that was that clear, that uncomplicated, that cut and dry is a terrifying thought to most. After all, if there are truths that are “black and white” or actual settled wisdom, then that may mean I have to…

Is Your Life “Crooked” or Straight” Or BOTH?

Christ is risen! Let’s face it, ideas matter. And the reason they matter is because ideas have consequences. Ideas flow from a mindset, a way of looking at the world and organizing the multitude of stimuli we receive through our senses every day. So, when you have an idea or an attitude or an opinion, it both comes from “someplace” and it is going to have consequences. This matters! It’s why, sometimes,…

Fr. Barnabas is Speaking this Week in Boston

Well, Virtually Speaking! Fr. Barnabas is the featured speaker at this week’s Orthodoxy on Tap in Boston, MA. Young adults from all over the area are gathering (virtually) to talk about living an Orthodox lifestyle in today’s chaotic world. Share this with your young adult!

It’s Unbelievable!

Christ is risen! It was exasperating! I tried to get my buddy’s attention but he was too busy enjoying building a fire in the woods near our neighborhood where we were going to camp out for the night. Never mind that it was the dry part of summer. Never mind that there was a “burning ban” on. Of course, everybody paid attention when the two Sheriff’s officers walked up to our little…

Yep, They Are Welcome, 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 begging his dad not to take the neighborhood girl along with them on their fishing trip! When little Johnny hears his dad…

No Partiality

Christ is risen! I grew up in the volatile 1960’s when the Civil Rights movement was really getting traction. I watched as a boy as marches and riots occurred around the country and our nation struggled with throwing off the scourge of racism. By the way, how is it possible that the pigmentation of someone’s skin could make them less a human than someone else? It was a troubled time. And, as…

“The gods Have Come Down to Us!”

Christ is risen! She started crying as I shook her hand. She was trembling and crying, and I was both confused and troubled. Her husband stepped in to save the day by explaining “Father, she is very excited to meet you. We were going through a very difficult time when our family found your videos on YouTube. We watched your videos and then started getting the daily devotionals, and it touched us…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Christ is risen! “Can you hear me now?” That famous commercial question was meant to show that one cell phone carrier was better than another. Of course, those were the days of dropped calls and out of range service areas. I, personally haven’t had that kind of problem in quite some time. But, there also seems to be a deep problem with listening in our lives. While we certainly can hear a…

Unclean!

Christ is risen! “Oh, that’s nasty!” She had never seen anyone eat escargot before, and I had to confess, I agreed with her. But my dear friend who ordered it had the look of sheer joy on his face as he ate what he considered a delicacy. Sorry, I just don’t get the attraction. But that’s what makes life so full and joyous; the endless variety of tastes and preferences of different…