Up and running

Up and running

After several weeks of background work, my blog site is now up and running—at least I think it is. Thanks for stopping by. Please take a minute and look around. I’d appreciate your comments and invite you to subscribe either by email or by RSS.

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Just How Useless is Orthodox Environmental Thought?

Just How Useless is Orthodox Environmental Thought?

Pretty useless, if we believe John Chryssavgis and Bruce Foltz, the authors of the Introduction to Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration. Their Introduction establishes the authors’ bona fides as environmental thinkers in the default liberal mode and illustrates just how useless Orthodox environmental thinking can be. I am not surprised, but I am disappointed they advance this position.

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Dangerous discipleship: Quotations from the Fathers

Dangerous discipleship: Quotations from the Fathers

Avoid making idols either of things or of practices. —Starets Macarius of Optina

He who exercises zeal in lesser matters should not regard lightly the more important ones; but he ought to observe the greater precepts in a preeminent manner and accomplish the lesser ones as well. — St. Basil the Great

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Dangerous discipleship: Confusing means and ends

Dangerous discipleship: Confusing means and ends

If there is any clear danger in a series of blog posts of this kind, it is that someone will not understand the place of observant living in the larger scheme of Christian life. We are concerned here, not with ends or the goal of Christian living, but with the means to those ends.

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My mind wanders when I pray: Distraction during prayer.

My mind wanders when I pray: Distraction during prayer.

Distraction during prayer. Everybody suffers from it. Everybody’s mind wanders when they pray and their concentration lags. It’s usually worse when we’re tired or upset about something, but even at the best of times, it’s easy to get frustrated when we can’t concentrate on our prayers. What can we do about it? Here are a few suggestions that might help.

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