People Are Not Problems To Be Solved

people are not problems to be solved

“People are not problems to be solved.” It had been a rough Sunday morning. As you’ve heard me say again and again, getting my daughter ready for church can sometimes be a challenge. It’s a test that I tend to …

Icon: A Novel – An Interview with Author Georgia Briggs

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Icon: A Novel is a new work by Georgia Briggs, and my daughter loves it. The book is a young adult novel focusing on Euphrosyne, and Orthodox girl living in a post-Christian America. Icon: A Novel is receiving rave reviews from …

A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.   – Proverbs 15:1 My daughter is on the verge of being a teenager. She’s straddling the line between a young woman and a girl, with all …

Getting Through Lent: A Mid-Way Report

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Great Lent is at about the halfway point. How are you doing? Is getting through Lent a chore or a pleasure? I previously provided some tips on getting through Lent without going crazy. But I do realize that “getting through” …

5 Reasons I’m Glad I Was Raised Southern Baptist

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I was raised Southern Baptist, and steeped in that culture from the time I was old enough to go to church. I’m no longer Baptist, or any other type of Protestant. But I remain a product of that upbringing, in ways …

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Chirrut Imwe: A New Hope From An Ancient Practice

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Chirrut Imwe, a character in the new Star Wars film, has a lesson to teach us about mystical prayer. This week my family saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’s a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon. It’s also …

St. Stephen, The Icon Of Our Family

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We commemorate St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, on December 27. My wife and I will celebrate our first wedding anniversary on this day. My family also mark the anniversary of our conversion to Orthodox Christianity. I had little idea who …

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On Losing A Child And Finding Our Faith

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Losing a child is one of the worst things a human being can experience. The sense of loss and helplessness leave a scar on the heart that never truly heals. It was only a few months ago that I announced …

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Sinful Pride: An Orthodox Christian Comes Home

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Sinful pride reared its head in my life this Thanksgiving. My wife and I went home for the holiday. It was the first time we traveled to Alabama in nearly a year. We were a newly-minted Orthodox, newly-married couple the …

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President Donald Trump: An Orthodox Christian Reaction

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Donald Trump was elected President of the United States after a bitter, nasty campaign season. We saw the worst of ourselves as a nation reflected in the two major party nominees. It was a nasty denouement to a year filled …

Sin, Mercy, And Missing The Mark

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I struggle with sin, and with the effects of sin. Guilt and shame follow close on the heels of my transgressions, sometimes instantly. Regret is a lingering scar from past sins. Though I may repent, I soon fall back into …

Free Download: Beach Sunset Mobile Wallpaper

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Sunset at the beach can leave even the most jaded cynic speechless. The almost inexpressible beauty of the fading sun throwing orange flame into the sky. The rolling waves of the sea as they darken in the fading light. The …

Having A Child, With Fear And Trembling

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My wife and I are having a child. This may come as a shock to those of you that know me personally. I’m a little old to be a new father, and I had all but given up on my …

What Does It Do? Take A Reader Survey

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When I began this website, my priest gave me his blessing to discuss my path to Orthodoxy despite how early I was in the journey. He reads every post (I assume), and comments on the good and the bad. He …

The Icon Corner: A Perfect Imperfection

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Our icon corner is a beautiful mess. I’m a neat freak. I like everything in its place and want an orderliness to most everything I do. I Because of this, God has blessed me with a wife and daughter that …

Managing Chores For Kids (With a Free Chore Chart!)

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Managing chores for kids can be a fate worse that death. They procrastinate and whine. They slump onto the floor like boneless chickens. They waste more time fighting doing their chores than they would spend actually doing the chores. For …

Dealing With Grief Through Repentance

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Dealing with grief is something we must all do at one time or another. Countless books have been written about the grieving process and the proper ways to channel it. The five stages of grief have become a part of …

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Holy Week: This Too Shall Pass

Holy Week begins with Pam Sunday

Holy Week has begun for the Orthodox Church, and our Palm Sunday started with a big fight. Our daughter decided it was the perfect time for a complete meltdown just as we were ready to leave for church, and the …

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Encountering The Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

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I believe things are ordered in ways that we do not comprehend, which is why our encounter with St. Anna was so special. A planned weekend trip nearly fell through when my wife became ill and in need of rest. She managed to …