The Authentic You

Most of us have standards for ourselves which are both impossibly high and yet shallow at the same time. We then attack ourselves for not being “perfect” in some way that won’t even matter in five years. Those attacks become habits and those habitual criticisms create a false self-image inside[…} Read more….

Engage Orthodoxy

Family Life Ministry has created a new website called Engage Orthodoxy.  As a Pan-Orthodox ministry, EO is launching with Orthodox writers who are members of Greek, Antiochian, and OCA churches. The purpose of EO is to inspire others to apply and cultivate our faith in thoughtful, prayerful, and practical ways.[…} Read more….

Sunday Lunch: Thankful for our Metropolis Family and Its Ministry

Thanksgiving Day entails expressing our thanks for the blessings both God and our families offer to us. Toward that aim, I offer this message to our Metropolis families, who often desire more resources to offer to their loved ones. His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta inaugurated the Metropolis Family Life[…} Read more….

Hey Brother, Hey Sister… Can You Spare a Dime?

Hey Brother, Hey Sister… Can You Spare a Dime? As we prepare for Christmas, I challenge us to offer ourselves as gifts to others every day. Buying gifts for family and friends is fun and traditional, but this year, let’s think outside of the box and give our time, talents,[…} Read more….

Reading the Bible in 20 Minutes a Day

“Whenever you read the Gospel, Christ Himself is speaking to you. And while you read; you are praying and talking to Him.” Saint Tikhon The new Church year just began a few days ago on September 1st  so it’s the perfect time for all of us to make a plan[…} Read more….

Happy Church New Year!

Happy Church New Year! A Fresh Start Every September 1st, we are invited to renew our commitment to live out our faith with intention, or, as my Spiritual Father puts it, “to be Orthodox on purpose.” Here then is an invitation for us to start the ecclesial year strong and put our priorities in[…} Read more….

Don’t Let Anyone’s Words Take Away Your Prayers

If someone sought a way to poison my  faith and trust in God, they couldn’t have hit upon a more vulnerable spot than my grief over my daughter’s death and that painful question: why didn’t God spare her? Bereaved moms carry deep grief which can fester into troubling thoughts of[…} Read more….