What made St. Nicholas of Myra Christianity’s best-known and most-loved bishop? The path he cut through life. My sermon — at St. Nicholas Church and on St. Nicholas Day — December 6, 2020.
The assumption that our beliefs are only best guesses at what Jesus meant when he shared his Gospel neglects a critical part of the equation. My sermon at St. Nicholas Fort Wayne (#stnicholasfw) on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.
My sermon last Sunday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (#StNicholasFW).
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.
Real discipleship means staying open to where Christ is leading us, even when it’s hard to understand why he wants us to go there. My sermon on Sunday, August 30, 2020.
In my sermon on Sunday, August 9, 2020, I talked about what it takes to see God working in our lives.
Does the Bible contain secret code revealing the true meaning of life? Yes, no, and yes. Yes, the Bible uses “code.” No, it’s not secret. And, yes, it will reveal the true meaning of life.
A look at what Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh in Exodus 5 teaches us about being a disciple of Christ.
My sermon from last Sunday. I’d been looking for it all week to post. The fire of the Holy Spirit fills our whole being with Divine Light.
Today we celebrate the memory of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. It’s important for us to remember that, first and foremost, the fathers of this council were bishops, and therefore pastors. When they gathered, it was not for the sake of theological debate or academic gymnastics. It was for the sake of shepherding the faithful.
When a priest is ordained, for part of the service he’s given a portion of the Eucharist. The Bishop puts it in his hands and the bishop says to him, “Take this portion of the body of Christ and preserve it. For you will give an answer for it at the Judgment Seat”. All of those fathers that were gathered at that Ecumenical Council and the subsequent ones, and I would suggest any time any Bishop is gathered in council (our bishop’s just gathered this week, albeit electronically), that they understand the necessity to shepherd the faithful.
That’s what the First Ecumenical Council was about, and the Creed that we say in the Liturgy and elsewhere, that was a result of that council. Not to be able to say, “We are right,” not to be able to say, “We’re better than you.”
The Fathers gathered to feed the faithful on the truth of Jesus Christ, because that’s what they were responsible to do. To be able to say: Come, receive the faith handed down by Christ to his apostles and through them to all the ages. Come and know the truth that will set you free.