An Orthodox Christian Bucket List

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1) Yesterday we buried a good friend of this mission. Ed Strange was really a joy to know and a man who served tirelessly to help the Church. He spearheaded the replacement of all of the sanctuary lighting as well as all of the new […]

Are We Wax or Fire?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19) Nothing attracts others to God like people who are genuinely faithful to God and to His commandments. In fact, it is sometimes said that people have no problem with Jesus but that they have a problem with the followers of Jesus whom they’ve encountered. […]

Religion as a form of blindness

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 9:1-38 The miracles of our Lord God and savior Jesus Christ are often seen in the gospels as something of a litmus test. Each and every person will respond to the miracle in a slightly different way. Some will respond with an even greater sense […]

But Where Were the Disciples?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8) At times the Holy Scriptures and the New Testament are just as powerful for what they leave out, or what they don’t say, as for what they do say. Here is an example: nowhere in the Scriptures or the New Testament does anyone refer […]

How God Proves His Love

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 10:32-45 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and […]

Becoming weak in a world that loves power

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians 11:31-12:9 We live in a society and in a world that is addicted to power. Even governments enjoy access to power and the ability to force their citizens to do whatever it is that they deem appropriate. When someone cannot get their way […]

When you can’t catch fish

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 5:1-11 It seems at first glance that this gospel reading is about fishing. In truth it is about no such thing.It is a test of faith.  It is about honestly assessing the obstacles and hindrances that are between us and a life that is dedicated […]