Friday, July 31, 2015

Greedy Poor

I have a new post on OCN's the SOUNDING. Here's a portion.  

I’ve seen poor people live well​,​ and I’ve seen rich people live pathetic lives.  I’ve also seen the opposite on both counts.  What was the deciding factor? Trust in God. Those who lived with the fear of God, either in wealth or poverty​,​ lived a life of Grace.  But those who lived in greed and pride were miserable.  It’s like the psalm we sing when we bless the five loaves…
“The rich have become poor and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”  Psalm 34:11

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ministry Super Powers

I've been watching too many Super Hero movies this summer.  Avengers, Ant-Man, and Big Hero 6 have got me thinking about a time when I felt like I had a super power.   This is what inspired my recent blog post on OCN's Sounding.

Photo by Harald Hagen

Orthodox Summer Camp was a changing factor in my life story. This is where I should add a legal disclaimer that not all camp experiences are the same and that results vary. It’s just that for me, I realized that I had a calling to serve the church in youth ministry while being at summer camp. It was as if my energy and creativity collided like superpowers and I found that I had something to offer the Church. Although my energy has subsided and I have retired from such heroic deeds, there are superheroes out there, who are running, sweating, and teaching children about Orthodoxy in an outdoor environment.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Who Are you a Slave to?

It seems to be our nature to be a slave to something... our passions or God's will.  We can't just be free.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

In their Memory

This weekend I was blessed to help a family prepare koliva for a father and grandfather.  His name was John and he lived to be 103.  Please remember him.  May his memory be eternal. 

It is important for the family to prepare the koliva themselves, and not simply write a check.  There really is a healing process in the preparation.  During the time we prepped the ingredients (boiled the wheat, toasted the nuts and cleaned the raisins) they shared stories of his generosity, compassion and courage.  They had a chance to reflect on his life and I was able to learn about a man I never met.

If you haven't make a large portion of koliva yet, here are the ingredients:

For a Memorial Service your portions will look more like: 5 lbs whole wheat (cooked in 2 large pots) 4 c chopped walnuts, 4 c blanched / slivered almonds,  2 c raisins, 2 c golden raisins, 1 c Italian (flat) parsley, 4 c whole sesame seeds, 2 T cinnamon, 1 T pumpkin spice, 1 T honey, 2 lbs powdered sugar,  1 lb Jordan Almonds.

The cross and letters were found in Hobby Lobby and spray painted/decorated.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Deja Vu... How We Witness We were on our way to visit a neighboring parish and admire their newly completed iconography project when I saw firsthand what the hubbub in the local paper was all about. Recently​,​ our small town in South Carolina has experienced a series of vandalism ​attacks in which someone spray​-painted “Jesus is Lord” and “Jesus, Son of God” across regularly traveled roadways. It has sparked attention in the paper and on social media concerning what ​is good or bad about religious graffiti, and it touched slightly on the understanding of sacredness as one man contemplated his hesitance to wash out Jesus’ name.
As we drove over the graffiti​,​ I flashed back some twenty years ago​ to​ when I was a design major and living in Manhattan...   (Go to for the full article.)
Visiting Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Columbia, SC