What is Death? Part 1 (Guest Post)

Happy Thanksgiving! I can think of no topic more appropriate for this day than a good ol’ conversation about death and dying. Just kidding–I’m not trying to be metaphorical. It’s not a holiday up here in Canada and when I was planning this blogathon, I completely forgot to develop a post about US Thanksgiving. Generally you folks don’t…

Keep the Cross in Christmas: Reframing the Annual Culture Wars

Honestly, I’m kind of bracing myself for the annual Christmas wars. Any day now, people will start populating their newsfeeds with the frantic mantra to “Keep Christ in Christmas!” It’s not that I wish to minimize the importance of Christmas or that I’m unconcerned about religious liberty. In this case, though, I wonder if we actually recognize what…

Waiting in Faithful Expectation for the Fullness of Time (Guest Post)

Welcome to the next installment of the Nativity Blogathon on Time Eternal. This morning, I am SO EXCITED to introduce you to my beloved spiritual father, Fr. Steven Kostoff. _Time and Despondency_ readers may recall from its sporadic references to him that Fr. Steven has been lending his pastoral guidance to my despondency almost as soon as I…

How speedily the Lord can save: A reflection on the Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat (Nov 15-18, 2018)

This past weekend, I had the delightful privilege of giving the keynote address at the first-ever Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat (you can listen to the talk here and see my slides here; I’m working on producing a transcript of this talk sponsored by my Patreon supporters, so stay tuned for that!) In today’s installment of the Nativity Fast…

Marking Time: The Christmas Countdown

When I was growing up, our holidays were very secular. We didn’t belong to a church, and we didn’t experience liturgical seasons like the Orthodox do. My mom was Danish, and because Denmark happens to be a Lutheran nation, there are some secular Danish traditions that grow out of the Lutheran experience.  In particular, the Danes love to…

6 Practices to Combat Despondency, Part 2

If you haven’t been keeping up with Deacon Michael Hyatt’s journey through my book, Time and Despondency, this last day before the Advent Fast (New Calendar) is the perfect TIME to start! Check out the newest episode here. It’s about the practices of thanksgiving and confession, and the episode is one of three devoted to practical ways to approach and counter…

Timely Tuneup: Infant Loss, Theoretical Physics, Imposter Syndrome

Hi Time Eternalites!  Before October is done, I just wanted to post a few links to some of the latest TE content that hasn’t yet made its way to the blog. Imposter Syndrome as an Orthodox Writer Yesterday on Ancient Faith’s Behind the Scenes blog, I talked about how my struggle with imposter syndrome and strategies I use to deal with…