How To Make Sure Doubt doesn’t Become Illness

Christ is risen! Paul Tillich once said, “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.” Interesting! Too many times, moments of doubt are used by the enemy of your soul to cause you to give up or hide in shame. But doubt has never been fatal if it’s dealt with in wisdom and patience. On this day where we recall the ministry of St. John the Baptizer, doubt CAn…

THEY Must Obey the Rules!

Christ is risen! “They have to keep the rules, just like us!” Yeah, that’s true. We should all be held to the same standard. But wait a tick, have you kept the “rules” you expect others to keep? I know it’s hard to get your mind to shift from “what should be” to “what is,” but that’s what our lesson requires today. And there’s the rub, dear ones. But what if the…

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…