I am becoming more convinced that the era of argument is over. Whether in the public sphere, or sadly, even among family and friends, or communities I have witnessed the very swift decline of exchange of ideas, benefit of doubt, and allowance of nuance. I have certainly been guilty of contributing to this decline, perhaps […]
Winning At any cost Is not a Christian practice Power At the expense of another Is not a Gospel teaching Wealth Does not equal wisdom Nor authority Winning Does not equal strength Nor Righteousness #pastorsagainsttrump its not about politics. its about the gospel.
I try my best to not talk politics at Church. At seminary we were taught to preach the Gospel, not politics from the pulpit (or, in Orthodox terms, from the “ambo”.) The reason was because a) taking a political position would immediately alienate a portion of the congregation, and b) the point of the sermon […]
The Eighteenth Century Russian Bishop, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, often gave the following word to those who sought guidance and counsel: “Forgiveness is better than revenge” Saint Tikhon was known for his very humble and austere way of life and appearance. He was strict with himself but indulgent with others, which is a sign of […]
“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”- 2 Thessalonians 2:15 “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. “- Proverbs 15:22 As I mentioned in my last post, my wife […]
Go ahead… sing it if you need to…. I’ll wait. Traditioooooon! Tradition! In our home, my wife often sings that line when our conversation veers into the topic of “tradition”. Most of us, even if we weren’t raised on “Fiddler on the Roof” know the reference, and certainly know and use the word. Tradition. Foods […]
Every time I read the scriptures I keep finding that God tends to side with the losers. The poor, the immigrant, the outsider, the refugee, the outcast, the broken, the condemned. This is present in the Old Testament, but is made undeniably clear in the person of Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh, […]