Re-Discovering Mary: The Orthodox Understanding of the Mother of God

This is a quick note and unashamed announcement that my book on Mary the Mother of God is now available for purchase.  It can be found at Amazon and also and also at Sebastian Press.  Dr. Bradley Nassif wrote of it: “In just a few short pages, Father Lawrence explores difficult questions that have surrounded the biblical and patristic understanding of Mary’s place in the Church. These include such issues as Mary’s…

How to Read the Bible

If one wants to grow and mature in Christ, as well as adhering faithfully to one’s daily rule of prayer, it is necessary also to faithfully read the Bible. This is not the word of the Evangelical Dr. Billy Graham, but of the Orthodox St. John Chrysostom, who taught that ignorance of the Scriptures was a great abyss.  In older days, not everyone could afford books or copies of all the Scriptures.…

A New Akathist for St. Herman

Once upon a time I had the privilege of being at a lecture given by the very wonderful Father Michael Oleksa, well-known author of the book Orthodox Alaska.  Fr. Michael was giving a lecture to a group of us Canadian Orthodox clergy, and saying that, despite the “standard” akathist which lauds St. Herman almost exclusively for his prowess as a monk, he was famous among those who first knew him and loved…

Concerning the “S” Word

Recently I read an article on 1 Peter 3:1-7, which passage contained advice to Christian women married to non-Christians. In this passage the apostolic author counselled the women to “be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the Word they may be won without a word by the behaviour of their wives as they observe your chaste and respectful behaviour…For in this way in…

Biblical Women: Judith

The Book of Judith is a war story. It may be difficult for us to appreciate it fully, since most of us have never experienced the danger and horrors attending the invasion of one’s country—especially the dangers and horrors for women during such invasion. My own nation Canada has never really been invaded. The last time America was invaded, if memory serves, was early in the 19th century, and it was us…

The Church and Politics

This last Monday Canada had (or rather “endured”) another federal election. It was called in the midst of a pandemic and at a time when the country was badly divided. Given this, feelings have been running high all over, and the Church is caught in the midst of it. This provokes the question: how involved should the Church be in politics? Please note the precise form of the question. It is not,…