St. Moses: The Immediate Purpose of the Christian

The goal of our profession is the kingdom of God.  Its immediate purpose, however, is purity of heart, for without this we cannot reach our goal.  We should therefore always have this purpose in mind … St. Moses from St. John Cassian’s On the Holy Fathers of Sketis (Philokalia vol. I) For anyone that thinks … More St. Moses: The Immediate Purpose of the Christian

The Constantine Myth of Black Icon Destruction

I have heard this story come from a couple of Afro-centric scholars.  In a push to explain how the black African Jesus became the blonde haired, blue eyed, pale skinned tool for white supremacy, it is a belief in some circles that the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion at the Council of … More The Constantine Myth of Black Icon Destruction

21st Ancient Christianity Afro-American Conference: Lectures and Photos

Glory to God!  Not only was someone gracious enough to photograph scenes from this year’s conference.  The lectures are on Ancient Faith Radio as well!  Thanks to those who contributed the work on the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Facebook Page and to all the good work on AFR!  Oh, and blessings to St Stephen … More 21st Ancient Christianity Afro-American Conference: Lectures and Photos

Alternative Christianity:  Orthodoxy and the Mainstream Church

Every mainstream should have an antithesis.  This is not to be combative or dismissive to the denomination that left.  Had it not been for the African-American Baptist Church, I probably would have never been born, much less born again.  I think the black church of the various denominations and non-denominations are able to lead souls … More Alternative Christianity:  Orthodoxy and the Mainstream Church

Relevance and a Need for Real Faith: Reflections from the First Symposium of the VA Chapter of the Brotherhood

What is the relevance of this ancient African Christianity?   What is the relevance of Orthodox Christianity?  I tell you the relevance is the future of our community and nothing short … Subdeacon Paul Abernathy Broken souls need a home to come to.  Those souls are not finding a suitable home in the poor theologies … More Relevance and a Need for Real Faith: Reflections from the First Symposium of the VA Chapter of the Brotherhood

A Case for Orthodoxy in the African American Church

The following is a collection of notes I wrote to present to my former congregation and colleagues concerning my desire to form a bridge between African American Baptist and Orthodox Christians.  I still believe strongly that such a bridge is very necessary for the sake of black Christians to grow deeper in the faith.  Now, … More A Case for Orthodoxy in the African American Church