Kristo amefufuka! Christ is risen!
Just after Pascha 2010, I arrived in Tanzania as a brand-new Missionary with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. My job assignment seemed clear: learn Swahili, work at the Church office in Mwanza, help with OCMC Teams and Archdiocese youth programs.
By God’s mercy, with your prayers and loving support, I did these things. But I found myself deeply underqualified for other assignments and expectations. Within months, I realized that I desperately lacked a solid theological education. Six years have passed, and now we’re off to seminary!
Springtime is bright here in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Trees are in bloom and strawberries are in. A lush and brilliant summer awaits. Peter is now three years old, and Daphne has been working in Home Health as a Registered Nurse for over two years. Our time near Daphne’s family, and with Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, BC has been richly blessed. Continue reading
Greetings once again from Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Pacific winter is upon us- damp, dark and chilly. I’m looking forward to next year, where I suspect New England may be much colder but should also have a bit more sunshine.
We are all doing well. Daphne continues her work as a Registered Nurse for Home Health, helping patients live at home with support from the local health authority. Peter is growing and thriving. He particularly loves jumping in puddles with his dinosaur boots. When you ask how old he is, he declares “Two!” with authority. Peter’s schedule- swimming, music class, playdates, adventures in the park no matter the weather- keeps me busy enough, but I’ve also started teaching two very different classes.
Utukufu kwa Yesu Kristo! Glory to Jesus Christ!
And greetings from St. Augustine, FL. I am here at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center for the next several weeks until heading overseas. Continue reading
In the past months I’ve begun reading the blog of one Father James Early, a priest in Texas. He published a book. I asked him for a signed copy. And he asked me to contribute to his blog.
So after some consideration I agreed to write a series of posts about my journey from Protestant missionary kid through rejection of Christ on to embracing Orthodox Christianity and being called to return to Africa as a missionary. The first installment is up.
I’m slowly making my way through St. John Chrysostom’s homilies on the Acts of the Apostles.
Most contemporary Scripture commentaries spend the bulk of their time sorting through what other scholars have said about a particular passage. As one of the very earliest commentators, Chrysostom was spared such mucking about– few scholars had said anything about these passages before he did. His commentaries are also transcripts of sermons. While they do comment on Scripture, and in detail, their function is primarily exhortation rather than any scholarly exegesis. “Here’s what Scripture says, and here’s what to do about it.”
This gives his sermons a really delightful warmth and directness. Chrysostom is fun to read. Continue reading