Holy Friday: Peter’s Path

A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, ‘You are certainly one of them too! Why your accent gives your away.’ Then he started cursing and swearing, “I do not know the man.’ And at once the cock crowed and Peter remembered what Jesus had said, ‘Before the cock crows you wouldContinue reading “Holy Friday: Peter’s Path”

Orthodox Christian Life: Voluntary Obligations

A close relative of mine expressed her misgivings about my converting to Orthodox Christianity several years ago. To her, the faith seemed complex and ridged with the ancient prayers, praying at certain times of the day, iconography and so many other things that are absent in modern denominations and non-denominational churches. “Do you really needContinue reading “Orthodox Christian Life: Voluntary Obligations”

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”

Christmas: The Continuum of Christ

CHRIST IS BORN, GLORIFY HIM! CHRIST HAS COME FROM HEAVEN, RECEIVE HIM! CHRIST IS ON EARTH, BE YE EXALTED! Undoubtedly, this is the most festive and joyous holiday on the calendar. Some of us started decorating and shopping as early as the day after Halloween. And what a variety of things we have to celebrateContinue reading “Christmas: The Continuum of Christ”

Nativity Fast (Advent): The Foundation of Saint Nicholas

Everyone loves Santa Claus.  From the toddler with a limited vocabulary. To college professors at dinner parties; we look forward to the fictional symbol of gift giving.  Not only do we look forward to receiving gifts, giving to family, friends, coworkers, and those in need instills the joy of the season inside of us.  AContinue reading “Nativity Fast (Advent): The Foundation of Saint Nicholas”

Nativity Fast (Advent): Our Costly Calling

They immediately left their nets and followed Him., … and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-22 We celebrated the feast day of the Apostle Andrew the First Called on November 30th. Fr. Adam Sexton and the members of the St. Andrew Parish (Orthodox Church of America) in Ashland had specialContinue reading “Nativity Fast (Advent): Our Costly Calling”

Love Beyond Alliances

“So then you are no longer strangers or people far away. But you live with God’s people and belong to God’s family.” Ephesians 2:19 “We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and prayContinue reading “Love Beyond Alliances”

Living an African-American Orthodox Christian Life: Dealing with “Bumps and Bruises”

Originally posted on Desert Fathers Dispatch:
In a recent post on Facebook, I mentioned that “There will be some bumps and bruises in some parishes for black Inquirers.” Over thirty years after a wave of evangelicals converted to Orthodox Christianity under the Antiochians, the hurdle of ethnicity can still be daunting for anyone seeking the…

Judgement Is Coming

Lately, I have been watching and listening to a couple of YouTube videos of Negro spirituals about God’s Judgement. One is a classic “ring shout” from the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Two others are from the sort of rural Baptist Church I grew up in (Baptist Liberty, King William County, VA). PerhapsContinue reading “Judgement Is Coming”