August 18, 2017

Hurting people.

We humans, have become very mean. I think meaner than I remember as a kid. We yell a lot. We pontificate a lot. We let others know how we feel about things, invited or uninvited. Who of us has not felt the sting of hurt? I imagine the question is rhetorical, because the only person … Continue reading Hurting people. →

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March 13, 2017

Q&A: Dealing with a liar.

I received a question here, but my answer was getting so long that I felt it warranted it’s own post! Here’s a part of the question, but please go to the original and full question because MS gives a full scenario with things that he/she has tried: What if I do stay away from the … Continue reading Q&A: Dealing with a liar. →

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December 12, 2016

They will kill you.

“I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.” Jn 16:1–3 There … Continue reading They will kill you. →

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December 8, 2016

Dear Parents… Part Two: Prayer

I remember an old grandfather, God repose his soul, at my church growing up. He used to say Our Father so slowly compared to the rest of the congregation, and it was not because he lacked English skills. He simply refused to rush prayer, and he had a hearing problem. This is part two of … Continue reading Dear Parents… Part Two: Prayer →

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November 29, 2016

Dear Parents… Part One: Christian Education

+ Dear Parents, I’m writing this to you because we, your servants, love your kids. This is not written to attack you or accuse you of anything “bad”. Again, I’m writing it because I, and other servants, love your kids. Because we love them, we also have some concerns. This blog got very long, so … Continue reading Dear Parents… Part One: Christian Education →

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November 10, 2016

Theosis and other problems: On Orthodox dis[unity] – Part 3

This is the third and last installment in this series. You can read the first two here and here. I want to discuss some of the issues and characteristics that I’ve seen come up time and time again in this journey. I’m not claiming this to be an exhaustive piece or even a comprehensive one. … Continue reading Theosis and other problems: On Orthodox dis[unity] – Part 3 →

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September 29, 2016

Q&A: Why am I not allowed to believe in [science]?

Question: Why am I not allowed to believe in the Big Bang Theory?Question: Why am I not allowed to believe in Evolution?Question: What is my stance supposed to be on dark matter? There are too many questions of this kind that I cannot encapsulate them all other than the [insert theory here]. Response: Well, the simple answer for those who do not want to read the long answer, is you can. You can believe in – …

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September 20, 2016

Brothers who fought: On Orthodox [dis]unity – Part 1

There have been many fights lately about Christian unity. Oriental Orthodox vs. Eastern Orthodox. Catholic vs Orthodox. Protestant vs Catholic. You name it. We have acronyms to express every denomination and viewpoint on the planet. I cannot speak to most of those, but I want to reflect a little bit on the division between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox. This first blog will be an analogy of sorts from which to work from, and the – …

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June 22, 2016

Q&A: I know Jesus loves me, but I’m suffering.

+ Q: I’m having some troubles dealing with suffering, and I don’t want just the “Jesus loves me” answer.  Any thoughts or insights? Response: There were two  other blogs where we discussed  the problem of evil and how peoples’ choices are really the cause of most of our suffering. So I want to take a different line of meditation this time. Actually, this is a time of year, where that question is being meditated on by the – …

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June 21, 2016

2. The Ministers & The Chief of Ministers

2. The Ministers & The Chief of Ministers I got ahead of myself, though. Let us go back a little. This King, before making the people, made a place for them. He was creative and illustrious, He wanted the place to be beautiful for them so that they would enjoy everything with him. He wanted them to be excited about everything even as he was excited for them. He made the entire Kingdom for those – …

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June 10, 2016

Our Story: Chapter 1: Beginnings

Let me tell you a story. It’s a long story, though. It’s going to be told in more than one part because you probably won’t be able to hear all of it today. It’s a beautiful story, but it’s also a sad story. The good thing, though, is that the story is not actually over, and a happy ending is very possible. Actually, the happy ending is preferred, and you will find out that you – …

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June 10, 2016

Let Me Tell You a Story: Preface

The following is an excerpt from Yann Martel’s, Life of Pi, when the protagonist has finished telling his extraordinary tale of survival: “If you stumble at mere believability, what are you living for? Isn’t love hard to believe?” “Mr. Patel–” “Don’t you bully me with your politeness! Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard – …

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