Dispatch from the Desert:  January 20th to 26th, 2020

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Paul, Pausirius, and Theodotian (Jan. 24) 3rd Century, martyrs in Egypt Zosimas of Cilicia(Jan. 24) 6th Century, Bishop of Babylon in Egypt Ammon of Egypt (Jan. 26) a disciple of Anthony the Great (Jan. 17)   A Word from the Fathers & Mothers “Some of them (monks), after … More Dispatch from the Desert:  January 20th to 26th, 2020

Dispatch from the Desert: January 13th to 19th, 2020

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Theodulus (Jan. 14) 5th Century, Son of Nilus of Sinai Paul of Thebes (Jan. 15) 3rd & 4th Century, Lived in the deserts of Upper Egypt surrendering his part of an earthly inheritance for the sake of Christ. His asceticism made a heavy impression on Anthony the Great. … More Dispatch from the Desert: January 13th to 19th, 2020

Dispatch From The Desert:  January 6th to 12th, 2020

African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Elias the Wonder-worker of Egypt (Jan. 8) 5th Century, Agatho (Jan. 8, Greek calendar) 5th Century, Egyptian monk Venerable Ammon (Jan. 10) 5th Century, A monk in Nitra, Egypt. He was known for overcoming his anger and knowledge of Holy Scripture. Venerable Mother Theodora of Alexandria (Jan. 12) … More Dispatch From The Desert:  January 6th to 12th, 2020

Dispatch from the Desert:  Raising Awareness of Ancient African Saints

It has been said among African-Americans that if you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future.  If this proverb is true, then the black church is doomed to fail as we don’t have much of a clue of who our ancient heroes are.  Most of us belong to churches that were founded in … More Dispatch from the Desert:  Raising Awareness of Ancient African Saints

Dispatch From The Desert:  December 30th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020

  African Saints (from the Prolouge of Ohrid) Basil the Great (Jan. 1) 330-379 AD, Although not an African, this Cappedocian is listed among the Sayings of the Desert Fathers as he spent time in Egypt. He patterned his life after the monastics and was known for his generosity as well as his theological contributions … More Dispatch From The Desert:  December 30th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020

July Meeting: Carthage and the Faith of Outsiders

The Brotherhood of St. Moses in Virginia met on July 24th at St. Basil Orthodox Church in Hampton to pray the Canon of Racial Reconciliation and a small Compline.  For a reflection of early African Christianity, I pointed to Carthage.  For those who forgot, or paid no attention in high school world history; Carthage was … More July Meeting: Carthage and the Faith of Outsiders

The Need to Know

(The following is a rough manuscript of my presentation at St. Basil the Great (Antiochian) Orthodox Church in Hampton on Saturday, June 24th.  Somewhere in mid speech, I attempted to make some changes off the cuff.  Those who heard my talk say it was great.  Of course, I am my own worst critic.  A link to … More The Need to Know

The Desert Fathers: A Beacon for Evangelism

In his autobiography, Malcolm X stated that the Desert Fathers were the founders of Christian Church structure (1).  He also briefly mentioned St. Augustine as a defender of Church doctrine against heresy (2).  While Malcolm said these things specifically in is critique of white racism in Christianity, he does make an incidental point that should … More The Desert Fathers: A Beacon for Evangelism