Santa – Hard to Ignore When You’re Related

One way to handle the secularization or, depending on your source, (re)paganization of the Christmas holiday is to become a reactionary. This may not be the best option, but it is a valid one. Everyone’s tempted by something. Being a reactionary has never brought me many favors, but we’re pals nonetheless. Back in 1997 our [Read More…]

Houston, We Have a Bathroom Problem?

By now, no doubt, most have heard about the Houston Bathroom Kerfuffle. I rarely mention the loo in sermons << and I held a serious pause after even writing that! But I suspect that bathrooms have been mentioned quite a bit of late in the pulpits of ol’ H-Town. The problem is much bigger than [Read More…]

An Orange Book in Orange County

I was blessed to be with the fine folks of St Luke Orthodox Church, Garden Grove, California for a retreat — Fire From Ashes — last Saturday. The trip also served as a daddy-daughter date with my 12 year old.  Think 12 hours:  Disneyland 😛 Other than the Antiochian Archdiocese Convention — Palm Desert, 2009 [Read More…]

Kronstadt Not: Fr Danislav’s Hoaxters House of Industry

So I’m sitting in my office at church, glancing – every now and then – out of my window, awaiting the faithful to show for Adult Class on a Tuesday morning. There’s a homeless guy. He’s staggering up the drive toward the church. He’s drinking a tall can of beer. It’s 9:40 AM. I observe [Read More…]

When Stephen King Delivers the News

It was a dark and gloomy morning, 5:10 AM, before the light of day, the branches of live oaks arching over the streets of Southwest Houston … Off in the distance … a Van, with only one living headlight shining cock-eyed; the 1980’s vehicle is swerving from side to side scrambling down the street, tires [Read More…]

An Interview in Pictures: “Fire From Ashes”

On the Ex Libris podcast, Bobby Maddex interviews Fr Joseph Huneycutt and Steve Robinson, authors of the new Ancient Faith Publishing book Fire from Ashes: The Reality of Perpetual Conversion. The captions above are the Questions … for the Answers – listen to the interview HERE. [Read more…]

The Silent Holocaust – The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

The Orthodox Clergy Association of Southeast Texas is sponsoring a gathering at St George/Houston tomorrow evening, Friday – September 5th, concerning the situation in the Middle East: “The Silent Holocaust – The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East” Fr George Dahdouh and I were interviewed by a local public radio station yesterday as a [Read More…]

The Things You Do When You Don’t Want To Do the Things You Ought To Do

Back when I was young, summers were free — Alice Cooper sang about school being out FOREVER — and the warm days of class-less youth were spent in the sun, at the beach, on family vacation, perhaps the mountains, with more TV than normal and, of course, general boredom disguised as perfect freedom. These days, [Read More…]

“Hebbin – Yes, Debbil – No” (And Other Great Sermons)

Ever wonder where sermons come from? The answer is, of course, a good hot shower … but more on that later. Currently, I’ve got a homelitical dilemma playing out … You see, I’m the Candy Man. I got this idea years ago from an old priest up at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville – NY. Fr [Read More…]

INTERVIEW: Orthodox Christian Supply

  1. Who is Orthodox Christian Supply and how did your company get its start? Our company grew out of our love for Orthodoxy beauty. The staple product offered by Orthodox Christian Supply, our traditional panel icon, was the catalyst for beginning our business. This was the case in that we really wanted to present [Read More…]