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Stephen, Full of Grace and Power

Posted By Post Date: December 28, 2021

Christ is Born! “That boy is so hard-headed he wouldn’t even notice a rock hitting him between the eyes.” My grandmother had a way with words, but I’ve known people like this; so set in their ways that not even plain evidence would move them to change their ways....

The Nazarene

Posted By Post Date: December 27, 2021

Christ is born! What a busy time of year! As I was preparing for liturgy this morning, I was contemplating my schedule and caught myself becoming distracted from the time of prayer that the liturgy calls me to embrace. I had to exercise my will to banish this distraction...

Glorify Him!

Posted By Post Date: December 27, 2021

Christ is Born! “Where did she go?” As a father, that question sent chills up my spine! Our youngest had wandered off and I couldn’t see her. It was a crowded area and all my police training had me imagining the worst. Not knowing where she was was a...

Christ IS Born!

Posted By Post Date: December 25, 2021

Tonight’s the night! And my girls are absolutely thrilled to go to bed after Liturgy this evening! Why? Not because it’s bedtime, but because after Liturgy in the morning, we’re going to open presents and eat sweets and generally celebrate! It really is the most wonderful time of the...

Merry Christmas!

Posted By Post Date: December 24, 2021

  Thank you to all who have written, emailed, and given at this time of year! We are so very grateful to you and we pray your celebration of the Feast will bring you closer to becoming by grace what Christ is by nature. This is the salvation of...

Truly Living!

Posted By Post Date: December 23, 2021

“I don’t believe in God.” “OK,” I told him. “Tell me about this god you don’t believe in.” This young man began describing Zeus. You know, a god who is vindictive and angry; who punishes the mortals with the lightning bolts of pain and sorrow. This god tries to...

Are You Content?

Posted By Post Date: December 22, 2021

“You are so blessed!” Those were the words said to the lady who had just gotten a big raise at work! And, it was true. But there is a danger here. In many cultures and even religions, the idea that to be rich is to be favored by God...

Principles To Treat Everyone Right!

Posted By Post Date: December 21, 2021

“Well, to be fair…” I cringed when I heard these words because I knew what followed was an attempt by the speaker to shut down the discussion. After all, everyone wants “to be fair,” don’t we? Of course, we want to be “fair.” It seems to be an ingrained...

How NOT To Abandon The Faith

Posted By Post Date: December 21, 2021

It seems we Southerners have an “old saying” for everything. When I was in Boston for seminary, a young man from another part of the country asked me “Barnabas, is there a book I can buy with all these Southern sayings in them?” I laughed and told him “No,...

Which of Us Is the Greatest?

Posted By Post Date: December 21, 2021

I remember as a boy dreading recess at school. You see, I was a bit of a bookworm and not very athletic, and so when it came to being picked for teams, I was usually the kid who got picked last. Ugh! I hated that. It was embarrassing and...