How Can I Be Saved?

One of the greatest blessings of being a priest is meeting people who have just become interested in the Church. It is energizing to hear the questions and to walk alongside someone discovering the faith for the first time or returning to it after years but with new eyes. Even greater perhaps is meeting someone […]

Five Years Later: Why Charlottesville Matters

“Oh my God, have you seen what is happening in Charlottesville? Turn on the news now” I got this text from a fellow pastor the night before the infamous “Unite the Right” Rally in Charlottesville, VA. The one that would result in a violent clash and ultimately the death of Heather Heyer after a white […]

Never Forget: The Importance of Names

“…Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king…”  On the Sunday before Nativity in the Orthodox Church we read St. Matthew’s account of the genealogy of Jesus. Beginning with Abraham the lineage is recounted… […]

Politics and the Heart

It’s almost election day. Is anyone else exhausted? I can only speak for myself, but I sure am. I have experienced an especially oppressive spirit over the past few months, and in conversations with others, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. I think it’s more than just news fatigue. I think there is something spiritual […]

17 Things to Do This Week

Get out and live. Get to know the people in your neighborhood. Create more than you consume. Don’t let opinions on social media affect how you treat or even think about others. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Have a drink with a friend. Have a meal with an enemy. Get together with […]