St. Paisios on Business

Earlier this year, for the first week of Great Lent, I had the opportunity to go to the Saint Herman of Alaska Eastern Orthodox monastery in Platina, California. It was a beautiful…

Interview With Holistic Christian Life

Last year I was interviewed for the Holistic Christian Life podcast about my book Gratitude in Life’s Trenches: How to Experience the Good Life Even When Everything Is Going Wrong. I don’t…

Letter to a Geocentrist

Recently I have had a number of friends ask me about geocentrism, the belief that the earth is immobile and at the center of the universe. So I decided to share this…

“The Cathedral” by Auguste Rodin

One of my favorite artworks was made by the French artist, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). His sculpture called “The Arc of the Covenant” or “The Cathedral,” shows two intertwined right hands gently touching…

Eastern Orthodoxy is Continually Evolving…and that’s a good thing

In one of Fr. Stephen De Young’s conversations with Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick on the Orthodox Engagement podcast, Fr, Stephen lamented the all-too-common tendency for Orthodox Christians in America to use Roman…

Barbados Sea Turtles and the Desire For God

I have a Christian discussion group that meets every Saturday morning. At last Saturday’s discussion, one of the things we talked about were the sea turtles shown in the documentary Planet Earth…

Two Recent Publications

I wanted to share two recent articles I’ve published elsewhere. The first, “What the Wartortle?! On Augmented Reality & Our Impending Blended Digitized Future” appeared in Salvo #60 and brings together some of…

One Man’s Mission to Expose and Destroy Auschwitz

Sometimes during times of disaster and great evil it is the ordinary people who step up to the plate–people no one would have expected to become great heroes. Witold Pilecki was such…

Pain is Opportunity for Spiritual Growth

From The Mystical Marriage: Spiritual Life according to St. Maximos the Confessor: “If it is the devil who is harassing you, he can strike you, cover your body with bruises, afflict you…

The Power of Complaining

Can you complain and still be thankful? Is complaining incompatible with an attitude of gratitude? These are questions that some readers may ask after reading my book, Gratitude in Life’s Trenches. In…

Academic Library Book Digitization and Contemplative Reading

Introduction   Since the beginning of this century, academic libraries have been at the forefront of book digitization and access. During this same period, many individuals have made the transition from reading…

Theological Speculation is Good…But Prayer is More Important

One of the things I like about the Eastern Orthodox tradition, is that the monasteries and not the universities have been the seedbed of theological reflection. Theology is not simply a matter…



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In this recent interview with Ancient Faith, I share some of the personal factors that led me to write Gratitude in Life...

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