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Author page: Fr. Barnabas Powell

Normal Orthodoxy Makes You Teachable

I've spent too many years of my life convinced I was right about everything. That immature mindset never produces wisdom, only heartache, and slavery to my passions and desires. That mindset sees "enemies" everywhere. That mindset creates walls where bridges should be. And it prevents me from growing and maturing in my love for God…

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Called To BE The Church

Our modern age is suffering a crisis of meaning. This, of course, is a natural consequence of decades of the proactive dismantling of the timeless wisdom that had been shaping our culture for centuries. You can't tear down something and not have chaos during your attempt to reconstruct something else. Anyone who has lived through…

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Reality! It’s What You Need

American author Laird Barron once said "Mom was all about hellfire and brimstone. Her Old Testament God was a colossal, ancient brute, a maelstrom of blood and fire, of appetite and wrath." Sounds familiar. Our society has been shaped by a narrative, both subtle and overt, about how we think of God. And, for many…

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Seeing All As Gift

The preacher was telling the story of the plight of those in biblical times who suffered from leprosy. They were social outcasts and had to live in leper colonies and if they ventured out, they had to call before them to warn all around the “Unclean! Unclean!” You see leprosy was highly contagious, even to…

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Just Flirting With God

“There’s no time like the present.” This and many other “time” quotes really get to a pearl of central wisdom we humans have learned: Timing is everything. I have a dear couple who are dating. And, on top of that, they are exploring becoming Orthodox. Talk about a double whammy! Their relationship is growing with each…

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Temporary VS. Timeless

Have you ever thought about all those people Jesus healed during His ministry here on earth? They were so happy, grateful, and changed. In some cases (the illness of leprosy) they were now free to rejoin society, be reunited with their families, and finally, get their life back. They went on to live their lives.…

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The Elect Obtained It!

"Don't watch them make the sausage!" Good advice if you have a bit of a squeezy stomach. Having been exposed to farm life as a boy, I can tell you what my grandmother said about raising pigs: "Honey when it comes to pigs; we use everything from the rooter to the tooter!" She told me…

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