On today’s podcast I discuss the liturgical patterns of Holy Week in the Western and Eastern Christian Church. This year, Eastern Orthodox Easter is celebrated April 19 2020. From the forerunner themes of Monday and Tuesday, to Spy Wednesday and the betrayal of Jesus, to Maundy Thursday with its focus on the last Supper, the … More The Liturgical Patterns of Holy Week
On today’s podcast I discuss the origins of the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity (context article below) and the theme for 2021 ‘abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (cf. John 15: 5-9). The theme comes from the community of Grandchamp, a monastic community that brings sisters from different churches and countries. They … More Origins on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity + the Theme for 2021
On today’s podcast I discuss the things that slow us down in spiritual disciplines. Mainly two aspects in particular: excessive effort and lack of adequate preparation. When we feel like we should start to work on our life of faith we may feel a lot of guilt and anxiety. What role does grace and the … More Things that Slow Us Down in Spiritual Disciplines
by Alexei Laushkin Several years ago I was at a church retreat and each of us were asked to plot our spiritual lives on a graph from left to right and than to go around and share that graph with the group. Without fall most of these lifelong Christians drew a graph that had high … More How do you grow as a Christian?
By Alexei Laushkin It has been a complex season to view the events unfolding in Iraq and Iran. An event the President instigated and then backed away from led the American people to the brink of another war. Although the leadership of the President might reflect the majority view of the American people which is … More What Conflict with Iran Might Teach Us About Being Instruments of God’s Peace
If we have lived the Christian life for any length of time, you can recall times where we have felt God beckoning. Pushing you to get more serious with your Christian faith, your walk with Christ, even specific circumstances that you might have been in. Each of us have different experiences of these moments. Where … More Jesus Help Me Please: Getting Right as a Christian
by Alexei Laushkin In the present-day Western Church there are two dynamics that often hinder and slow a fully integrated Christian life: excessive individualism and the role of economic secularism. Excessive Individualism Individualism the sense of self and privacy and identity is not in and of itself a bad thing. There is a scriptural basis … More What Hinders a Fully Integrated Christian Life