New Board Book: “I Pray Today”

Angela Isaacs, author of my favorite board book, Goodnight, Jesus!, has written another Orthodox board book!  This one is every bit as wonderful, but with the added bonus that perhaps it will teach us adults as much as it teaches our sweet toddlers. It’s called, I Pray Today. When I heard that Angie had written another board book, I immediately signed up to review it, and I received my copy from Ancient…

St. Basil’s Sage Advice

My good friend, Michael Strong, sent me and excerpt from St. Basil’s letter to St. Gregory, and it is so helpful. Let those of us who are serving Christ as parents, teachers and mentors, take a moment to consider it: 5. On the proper manner of speaking, giving and receiving knowledge and criticism This, too, is a very important point to attend to: knowledge on how to converse; to interrogate without over-earnestness;…

Can We Teach How to Love Your Neighbor?

Summer is a good time for parents, religious education teachers and youth ministry workers to take a moment to consider what worked last year, and what we should do for the coming year.  What are we teaching, what are they learning, and where are we headed? Do we need to change directions? Is there something more we could do? In my home Metropolis, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver, this conversation is…

Encore: Grab Your Pitchforks

There’s been another school shooting, and this one hits close to home for my friends and me.  The shooting happened at a high school in Texas — a school a lot like my kids’ school. After a few hours of the usual (because it’s all so familiar now) watching parents stride purposefully in to claim the kids who weren’t shot and seeing the usual parade of civil servants updating the death toll and…

Welcome to Chapter Two of the Raising Saints Podcast – Catching Up

Christ is risen! Welcome to Raising Saints — and to the second chapter of this Ancient Faith Radio podcast! I have an exciting announcement. When I first started Raising Saints back in 2012, I knew that I wanted to do a podcast about raising children in the Church — but over the years, I’ve gained more and more clarity about wanting to support and inspire parents in their journey, in their efforts…

Anastasis: The Harrowing of Hades Retreat Wrap-Up

Christ is risen! When we picture the Resurrection, we envision Christ rising from the dead, trampling down death by death, destroying the gates of Hades. But how often do we picture this scene from the perspective of the dead who await Him faithfully? tweet this This year, our parish has been studying the Old Testament together, and of course all of the prophets and the people (those who were righteous and those…