Thanks-Giving

A few evenings ago as I was leaving Church, I descended down the stairs towards my car, quickly climbing in. Mid-November evenings start getting cold (especially for my Texas bones) and it gets very dark being at a property surrounded mostly by farmland. As I began driving down the long driveway, I noticed something that appeared to …

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Audience of One

Life is tough, ministry is challenging, egos get in the way, pride can cloud our vision, personal ambitions can distract, and the voices of crowds can derail a person looking to serve for the glory of God. 12 years ago I was ordained by God to serve as a priest in the Coptic Orthodox Church. During …

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500 Year Anniversary of Reformation Day

Today is Reformation Day and you know what that means? On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther dressed up as a Catholic Monk and went trick or treating, right? Not exactly! In all likelihood, he actually spent his evening at Vespers celebrating the victorious saints. On this day 500 years ago – it is claimed that – Luther, a …

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Divided Over Faith and Culture

As a priest in the Coptic Orthodox Church, I acknowledge that there are few issues that cause greater fear, anxiety, and debate within the global Coptic Church than the topic of faith and culture. The good news is that this sort of debate goes all the way back to the 1st Century Church and can …

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The Danger of Indifference

From hurricanes to earthquakes, disease to unexplained death, we don’t have to look far to see the pain around us. Most of us are literally surrounded by suffering on a daily basis. In our families, at our jobs, and oftentimes within our own souls, there is pain and hurt that needs healing. Deep Darkness To …

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