Slipping

Slipping

One psalm tells me, “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). That’s good news. Why do I feel like I’m slipping anyway? I write this post at 2:00 am, knowing that I need to get up for liturgy in 4...

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Minding Our Language

Minding Our Language

We’re an ethnic parish, jurisdictionally. But we’re not even close to monolithic culturally. This is the San Francisco Bay Area, after all. We’ve got a little bit of everybody all up in here. Now Greek is Greek to me. But since I’ve studied a little bit of Greek, at least...

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Let Us Commend Ourselves and One Another

Let Us Commend Ourselves and One Another

My grandmother was fond of the nursery rhyme that goes “Here’s the church/Here’s the steeple/Open the doors/And see all the people.” Even though the poem has nothing to do with traditional Orthodox design (which prefers domes to steeples), her repetition did impress upon me that the church has something to...

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The Old Testament is Our Story

The Old Testament is Our Story

At the table recently with some eloquent friends I had just made, the after-dinner chatter meandered through international politics and culture. We eventually settled on religion and scripture. I was disturbed by what I heard. The person seated across from me criticized the Church for continuing to offer public readings...

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What Orthodoxy Hasn’t Done for Me

What Orthodoxy Hasn’t Done for Me

Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy enter the Church for a variety of reasons. Many enter with a wild degree of excitement at having found something of great value. Some are accused, perhaps rightly, of being too zealous in that excitement. I was probably in that latter category. As I write this,...

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“Unsolicited Advice”

“Unsolicited Advice”

I’m going to make the bold claim that this may be the most important post I’ve ever written. So pay attention to it. I have an unsolicited word of advice and it goes out to three categories of people. If you’re in a new relationship, if you’ve been in a...

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