A friend of mine, Fr David Smith, has a new book out: Mary, Worthy of All Praise. Here’s Frederica Mathewes-Green’s lastest: Elder Care for Jesus Aging Mother. A Blessed Feast to ALL! [Read more…]

What a Faith!

If you could become Orthodox like a Romanian, Experience it like a Serbian, Be loyal to it like a Ukranian, Sacrifice for it like a Russian, Be proud of it like an Arab, And enjoy it like a Greek, What a great Faith you’d have, Especially if in addition you got to call yourself an [Read More…]

Noodle Sauce

Random Thoughts … Listening to NPR on the way home the other day … Why is it always things like “the holy city of Najaf” … and rarely “the holy city of Jerusalem” … “the holy city of Rome” … “the holy city of Sitka” … etc? New Jersey Governor resigns because he’s gay and [Read More…]

Of Paramours, Love & War

paramour: a man’s mistress or a woman’s lover. mistress: 1 a woman who rules others or has control, authority, or power over something; specifically, (a) a woman who is head of a household or institution; (b) a woman owner of an animal or slave. 2 a woman who has intimate relations with, and, often is [Read More…]

Funk Incognito

August 6th, 2004: Just before waking from a nap this afternoon, I had a dream: My daughter and I were eating in a restaurant and I mentioned a concert that I’d seen in the old Charlotte Coliseum … and it appeared, the coliseum. The scene changed. I was riding on a bus, seated beside two [Read More…]

TOP TEN: Southern Orthodox

YOU KNOW YOU’RE SOUTHERN ORTHODOX WHEN: 10) At Pentecost, your church is decorated with Kudzu. 9) You spell “feast” with only three letters: B B Q. 8) You say “Father,” “Barsonuphios,” and “Monastery” without any pronouncing an “r.” 7) You drive 3 hours to an Orthodox Church. But, could hop … on one foot … [Read More…]

Accent on the South

Warning: The following article is secular. It has nothing to do with Orthodoxy. It was, however, the impetus for the Orthodoxy in DIXIE article. (File it under the “Etc” column.) What a hoot! All the mud-slinging that surrounded the Confederate battle flag atop the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, got me thinking: Why is it [Read More…]

If You See Me Walking On Water

This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, August 4, 1996. Gospel Text “Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he [Read More…]

T-Shirt: “I Had An Abortion”

By now you may have heard of — or seen — the new T-shirt being sold by Planned Parenthood. There’s been some discussion of it over at Orthodoxy Today. Sad. Nutty. Demonic. [Read more…]

The “N” Word

“Ain’t Skeered!” is a Southern takeoff on the once popular “No Fear” emblems paraded on sweatshirts and automobiles. Yet, when it comes to certain words, I am afraid. We live in an age when using the wrong word could mean the end of one’s good reputation, career, or, at least, our God-pleasing relations with others. [Read More…]