Of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Luke offers the most systematic account of Jesus’ life and teachings. In this episode, we look at the beginning of Luke 5, where Jesus calls three fishermen to be his apostles. This passage shows us how sharing the Gospel is a spiritual discipline.
When Jesus teaches us about life in God’s Kingdom, it’s not what you might expect. My sermon yesterday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.
How many times with your own hand have you held out to me your Body and your Blood, and I, though a miserable sinner, have received this Sacrament, and have tasted your love, so ineffable, so heavenly. Glory to you, O God, from age to age!
Lord, give rest to the souls of your departed servants, in a place of brightness, refreshment, and repose; where all suffering, sorrow, and sighing have fled away.
I always enjoy the peaceful moments in church before Sunday Liturgy. There is a mix of both tranquility and anticipation.
“‘I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.'” (Psalm 122:1)
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we place our hope in you. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise befits the upright.
Christianity was never meant to be merely a topic of academic study. Christianity is communion with the living God. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalms of David)
Yes, we must use our heads when learning the Faith. But Christ doesn’t want us to leave him in our heads, he wants us to invite him to sit on the throne of our hearts.
“Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up your hand. Do not forget the humble.” (Psalm 10:12)
Give to the Lord, you mighty ones, give to the Lord glory and strength. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
In July, I was honored to be a presenter at the OCA’s seventh annual Parish Development Forum. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania, Diocese of the Midwest, and my own Bulgarian Diocese, this year’s forum was an on-line event, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Forum theme was “The Orthodox Parish: Charting a Course in Challenging Times.” I gave a talk on “Re-establishing Community and Fellowship.” In addition to the video on my YouTube channel, here’s a link to my session slides.