The New Year: The Mystery of Time by Alexander Schmemann

The New Year: The Mystery of Time by Alexander Schmemann

On New Year’s Eve we feel the mystery of time more powerfully than at any other time. We feel, in other words, that its flow – in which we live and in which everything constantly vanishes as the “past” and constantly places us face to face with the unknown future –...
The Church Fathers on the Manliness of Beards

The Church Fathers on the Manliness of Beards

In May of 2014, Sean Hannity interviewed Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the A&E TV series, Duck Dynasty, in view of the release of his book. unPHILtered: The Way I See it. Throughout the interview, Phil shared his “Phil-o-sophy” on life, culture,...
How Kissing Changed the World

How Kissing Changed the World

Have you ever wondered the significance of Paul’s and Peter’s call for Christians to greet one another with a “holy kiss” (philema agios; Rom 16:16; 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12; 1 Thess 5:26; 1 Pet 5:14)? This has been explored in detail in fascinating book, Kissing...
The First Christmas Sermon

The First Christmas Sermon

In the year 386 AD, the same year that Augustine converted to Christianity, John Chrysostom preached to his Antiochene congregation what is considered the first Christmas sermon. Few sermons since have captured the profundity of the Incarnation. Enjoy! St. John...