Ex Libris Interview

My co-author, Caleb Shoemaker, and I were delighted to join Bobby Maddex on Ex Libris to talk about our new book, Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home!  The interview is now available on Ancient Faith Radio, and it addresses all sorts of burning questions: Why did we write this book? What if your kids don’t want to pray? Am I really an Orthodox Hipster? How do you write a book…

GOA Webinar: Establishing Orthodox Rhythms in Your Home

I hope you’ll join us for a webinar! The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s Center for Family Care has invited my and my co-author, Caleb Shoemaker, for a workshop on our new book, Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home. Register now and then join us live, or watch the webinar once it’s archived. The live audience is able to submit questions in real time.

What We’re Teaching in High School

As summer comes to a close and teachers begin to prepare for a new year of Sunday School, the most common question I hear is: what are you teaching in high school? While there is no perfect curriculum, there are many good options for younger classes, but once you reach middle and high school, the options thin out significantly. The difficult lack of curriculum is compounded by the teacher’s well-founded concern that adolescents have…

Marriage & Parenting: The Life-Giving Cross

This is an excerpt from a Raising Saints podcast episode posted in June, 2014.   I attended a beautiful wedding. Our friend, Jessica, who grew up in our Sunday School and headed off to study in Boston at Hellenic College, met and has now married Scott, a seminarian from Holy Cross. They are fresh-faced and joyful, a happy and loving couple, and should God will it, they’ll be excellent parents. Scott will…

The Ancient Faith Conference (and Fr. TED!)

This summer, we gathered together in Wisconsin for the first ever Ancient Faith Podcasting and Writing Conference. There’s a whole community of wonderful people who contribute to Ancient Faith Ministries, from our brilliant behind-the-scenes business people and editors and producers to the writers and podcasters we have all grown to love, and yet — we exist as a community in isolation, each working from a different home base. Most of us have never…

Grab Your Pitchforks: Why We Attack Grieving Parents

A child falls into a gorilla enclosure. Another is dragged away by an alligator as his father fights to hold on. These are horrific, nightmarish scenes, and they make every parent’s heart seize up in horror. We don’t want to lose our children, and we really don’t want to think that our own babies could be snatched up and brutally battered, killed and even eaten by wild animals. That is terrifying. We…