Class – On Prayer

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Prayer as a Mystery and Medicine for Pride Questions for consideration: what happens when we pray?  What is the purpose of prayer?  How does pride (noetic effect of the fall!) affect our prayer? Background. Pride divides us from one another and from God.  It makes honest communication and healthy relationships with […]

Class – On Pride

Adult Education, Class Two: Pride Our Broken Moral Psychology (and how to heal it… and the world) Some Scripture to get us started: Proverbs 16:18.  Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Romans 12:3.  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself […]

Homily on Palm Sunday – Faith in Christ not Pride

Palm Sunday Homily.   Where do we get our spiritual strength? What is the source?  Is our spiritual health fragile and dependent on the circumstances, or is it robust? Do the events and people in our lives “damage our calm”, or do we have the kind of “peace that passes all understanding” guarding our hearts? The default […]

Homily – Transforming the Absurd Theater of our Mind into a Temple of God

Turning the Absurd Theater of our Mind into a Temple of God Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy Triumph of Orthodoxy. Yay Church (back from oppression)! Yay Theology (protected from heresy)! They’re good, but to what end? They allow us to experience the love of God – and through it the salvation of our souls – in its […]

Adult Education – Spirituality II

  Class covers Tito Colliander’s Way of the Ascetics, chapter 6.  Enjoy the show!   Check out this episode!

Homily – The Older Brother Can’t See – or Love – the Prodigal

Sunday of the Prodigal Son St. Luke 15:11-32 We are called to live a life of love; to bring healing, reconciliation, and harmonious joy to the world. This is the goal of every good person, and the reason we gather here every Sunday. So why is it that the world is still broken? Even harder, […]

Homily – The Pharisee Can’t See – or Love – Himself

The Publican and the Pharisee St. Luke 18:9-14 The theme of Great Lent is repentance. More than learning to say “sorry” (although this is important) More than promising to “do better next time” (although this is important) It is the process of making a real change; of becoming something else – something even better Review […]

Homily – Seeing Your Neighbor through Faith

  Homily on St. Luke 18:35-43, the healing of the blind man.  How does faith in Christ heal our blindness?  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Academic Talk: Ritual Actions and the Development of Moral Instinct

Paper presented at the International Orthodox Theological Association on 9-12 January 2019 in Iasi, Romania., 2019. What is the relationship between ritual actions and moral development? How does Orthopraxis mold believers into virtuous people? More specifically, what role do common Orthodox practices like prostrations, prayer rules, fasting, and kissing the hands of priests and bishops […]

Homily on Spiritual and Psychological Blindness

The Sunday of the Man Born Blind (St. John 9:1-38) Psychologists and theologians agree: In their default setting, our minds are wired not for discerning truth but social standing.  The path to objectivity involves humility, immersing ourselves in discerning communities (e.g. of science and traditional Orthodox faith), and developing a relationship with the source of […]