Many of us look around us today, and take in the culture, the liberality, the lack of morals, and we groan. In my lifetime, and I’m not that old, I’ve seen many changes. I remember when it rebellious to publicly get drunk, today one need only browse Facebook to see people boast of their revelries. I remember when it was a sad occasion when people got divorced, and there was a general belief that people should try to keep it together. Today they are discussing auto-expiring marriage licenses in Mexico, ones that you need to actively renew if you want to remain married. At one point, virginity and then monogamy were valued and extolled, today we usher in an era of “friends with benefits”, “open marriages” and we do not need to look far to see the sexual explosion and exploitation. The list could go on. What scares me is that underneath all of this is the spirit of ungodliness: a pluralistic, secular, atheist world.
Continue reading A bunch of nobodies that took over the world…
From discussions with various people, chats in church basements, and random correspondences, a topic that seems to be important is differentiating being being “a fanatic”, and just being “a Christian”. There seems to be two polarly opposing groups: those who feel that we have a bunch of Pharisees being loud about their faith and forgetting what it means to be a Christian, and those who think that “in the end, we’re all the same”. There is a group in between, but it’s easier to discuss by studying the extremes.
Continue reading Discussion: Church has so many hypocrites, I’ve had enough!
It is pitch black. He is unaware that more than fourteen kilometres lay before him, in his mind there are only six. He begins to walk. In the distance he sees a semi-globe of light, and decides that it is the monastery. Since he could not see anything around him, he decides that walking in that direction is the wisest choice. In the darkness, he feels a presence; he is certain that he is not walking alone.
Continue reading Walking in the Desert…
+Christ is risen!
What happened through the Resurrection that can change how I live? The Resurrection takes away our fear of tribulation, sin and death, and gives us power over everything. We live in the hope, the expectation of newness and restoration…
This article is a bit heavier on the quotes, contrary to the ‘about’ section, my apologies in advance!
Continue reading Living Hope: Living in the Hope of the Resurrected Christ
How do we deal with miracles? Some of us love them, some of us run from them….What to do?
This post is a discussion of miracles and the supernatural based on the movie “Heaven is for Real”
Continue reading Heaven is for Real: the Sceptic, the Faithful, the in-betweeners
So, late last night I was exiting my room to go out, and I ran into Anba Serapamon, Bishop and Abbot of St. Pishoy’s monastery in Egypt. He had been sitting on the balcony watching the view of the ocean and city lights, when a wind slammed his door shut, and he was locked out. The saintly man, who has severe arthritis, walked up a humongous hill and up two flights of stairs with the most peaceful demeanor, to come and ask if I could kindly unlock the cell for him.
Continue reading A night with Anba Serapamon
+Christ is risen!
So, this is between meditation and venting, so bear with me. I invite you all to comment and discuss below.
It did not bother me until recently, the double standard of society. We know that we live in a society that says, “Believe what you want, it’s cool, it’s your personal conviction. To each his own, dude.”
Continue reading Have an opinion, as long as it’s the same as mine.
December 3, 2013
This morning a woman possessed by a devil was in the Church. We’ve discussed some of this stuff before, but the context of this one was different than what I had witnessed previously and it’s worth bringing up. This isn’t a sermon, I just wanted to reflect on some stuff with you guys that impacted me…
Continue reading Reflections on an exorcism – the devil is real…
+Christ is risen!
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning…” (Ps. 30:5b)
In one week, a person goes through every emotion possible. Continue reading Why so sad?
…if you were alive during the blessed time in which God Incarnate walked among men, would you have done anything differently this week?
Continue reading + Who would you be?