When You’ve Fallen Off Your Spiritual Wagon

Christ is risen! The Paschal season is upon us, filling us with new hope, new joy, a lightness of heart, and a fresh start. And in the light of the Resurrection, I’m overjoyed to be restarting this project after barely getting it off the ground last year. Have you ever started something and then found yourself not following through the way you thought you would? And have you ever noticed that the…

Your Personality Is Not a Sin

I just returned a few weeks ago from Orthodox Christian Fellowship‘s College Conference West where I serve as an advisor to the students there. Every year, there are always a few demons I find lurking around the conference disturbing these incredible young adults. This year, one that I heard and saw was Overbearing Guilt. This guy, like all the demons, tries to take something good and holy (that twinge in your heart that…

Being Yourself Before God

I once heard humility defined as being yourself before God. I mentioned it last week in the context of holiness, and I’ve been thinking more this week about what it means in the context of sin. These days, authenticity is arguably the highest cultural value we hold. There is a general expectation that we are free to be who-we-really-are without hesitation and without apology. We are so averse to phonies and charlatans that it’s hardly…

Holiness Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

I’ve never really understood the concept of one-size-fits-all clothing. I mean, unless it’s a scarf, I don’t think it’s possible to legitimately make an article of clothing that fits anyone no matter their body type. Somehow, though, I had myself convinced for a long time that holiness was like one of those stretchy shirts from the nineties intended to fit every woman. Sure, you might look better or worse in it depending…