A Need for Spiritual Heroes: Judging Ourselves

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” 1 Corinthians 11:31 “We have abandoned the easy yoke, that is self-reproach, and we have burdened ourselves with the heavy yoke, that is self-justification.” Abba Poemen (from the Prologue of Orhid*) Perhaps one of the main reasons why so many people made the journeyContinue reading “A Need for Spiritual Heroes: Judging Ourselves”

The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond Earthly Borders

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 Where thereContinue reading “The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond Earthly Borders”

Martyrdom & Monasticism: An Orthodox Life in These Times

Yes, I’m still an Orthodox Christian. If anything, I may be a little more optimistic about sharing my faith now than ever before. There is plenty to be pessimistic and worried about. The controversial split in the Ukrainian Church between the autocephalous and Moscow Patriarchate aligned congregations has been further inflamed with the current war.Continue reading “Martyrdom & Monasticism: An Orthodox Life in These Times”

Unlearning the Lie: Unnecessary Sex

Perhaps since the beginning of time, Satan has sold us a lie about sexuality. The lie is that we humans need to have a sex partner, hetero or homo sexual, monogamous or “open.” It does not matter what partner one has as long as the activity is consensual. Of course, the Christian standard is theContinue reading “Unlearning the Lie: Unnecessary Sex”

Examples Needed: Addressing the Decline in Church Attendance

A brother asked Abba Poemen, ‘Some brothers live with me, do you want me to be in charge of them?’  The old man said to him, ‘No, just work first and foremost, and if they want to live like you, they will see to it themselves.’  The brother said to him, ‘But it is theyContinue reading “Examples Needed: Addressing the Decline in Church Attendance”