Monthly Archives: September 2007

The Fall of Rome and America’s Future?

First, Rome really didn’t fall, as such; or at least not the way generally thought, or when generally thought. Certainly there were times when the barbarians were literally at the gates, so to speak. But there was never a time … Continue reading

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One Thousand Six Hundred … and still going!

“The font will not suffice to save us unless after coming from it, we display a life worthy of the Gift.” — St John Chrysostom, Homily 13 on Romans “For he who feels the tooth of slander, gives by his … Continue reading

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Nothing New Under the Moon

Jeffrey Steenson, [this week] explained to the US bishops why he is to be received into the Roman Catholic Church. He leaves an Episcopal Church in disarray, led no longer by a ‘house’ but by a ‘community’ of bishops, with … Continue reading

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Orthodox Convert Furniture

My wife likes to say that she knew we were becoming Orthodox when she came home one day to a recording of Byzantine chant playing, and a censer smoking on the hearth next to a couple of icons. I remember … Continue reading

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Dawn @ App

Oops! Wrong picture … D’oh! Everyone knows that story! Here we go: My ol’ e-buddy, Dawn, was recently at my alma mater, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. (I’m sure it took her at least a thousand words to explain … Continue reading

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HOUSTON: Two Years Ago

The following is a re-post from September 24, 2005.Route to Rita At first, my son wasn’t excited about moving to Houston. He’d heard they had hurricanes. Fr John Salem, the priest at St George, encouraged me to tell him that … Continue reading

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BIBLE: Look Ma! No Hand!

A. J. Jacobs’ recent book writing trick: Live a whole year following all the rules of the Bible. Unless your religion is similar to a Weird Al Yankovic video, or your Bible’s missing a whole section called the “New Testament,” … Continue reading

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