November 26, 2014
Next to eating turkey, debating religion and politics with family members and loved ones around the holidays is a cherished part of that tradition.
November 25, 2014
One of the most common objections I’ve encountered when discussing the Christian teaching on hell is its eternal nature. Ostensibly, hell is objectionable because it is by definition unjust. Damnation, being eternal, cannot possibly…
November 24, 2014
In Interstellar, love of particular individuals guides the protagonist’s actions, rather than abstract humanity.
May 22, 2014
What is this impulse to convey meaning, perhaps where it seems the least important? Why is it that the thought of the world being meaningless, indifferent, and neutral so haunting.
May 10, 2014
What makes the Star Wars movies so great is not just their fantastic setting and characters but their moral dimension. In the films, the battle between good and evil is not just one that happens outside of us and amongst the stars. The true battle is the one that happens within us.
April 16, 2014
The Church’s calendar and all her services are each an entire whole and a part of the experience of God in history. Each service in its own way encapsulates, in part or in whole, all of the human condition from the creation of the world…
April 2, 2014
This is Part 3 in an IRD Symposium on Millennials in the Church. Here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7. On the heels of World Vision USA…
March 1, 2014
Before I was baptized, I had to give a confession of my entire life. With pen and paper, I spent an evening examining my life up against the seven deadly sins (i.e., gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride envy, and wrath). I wrote each transgression down, trying to bring everything to light. “Don’t hold anything back,” a monk in Northern California had told me. “The more you give up, the greater the peace will be.”
January 24, 2014
This past Wednesday bishops from the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the Self-Ruled Antiochian Archdiocese in North America gathered to speak and march in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. The…
January 14, 2014
Working in D.C. you see a lot of panhandlers. All along my commute even as early as Northern Virginia I see a gallery of people asking for help in one-way or another. All of them certainly need help, monetarily and certainly spiritually, but I wonder how they will use the money they collect.
November 6, 2013
Addressing the World Council of Churches (WCC) this past Friday, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the public face of the Russian Orthodox Church, says the continued relevance and existence of the WCC depends on how effectively…