Ancient Christianity and Afro-American Conference 2018: A Sober Joy

I grew up with traditional black Baptist revivals. Over the years, I’ve been to various conferences and services of different races and denominations. No matter what the event, there always seemed to be a push to get some sort of “high.”  Perhaps from the keynote speaker, music concert, prayer session, something was supposed to give … More Ancient Christianity and Afro-American Conference 2018: A Sober Joy

Reconciliation: Ambassadors of the Greater Kingdom

Tomorrow is the end of the road (I hope) to the most contentious presidential campaign of my lifetime.  Many things have already been said about both of the major party candidates, the question of why third parties are not given an equal public platform, and how some groups will respond if the results do not … More Reconciliation: Ambassadors of the Greater Kingdom

St. Moses Conference: Advice from the Bishop

The 23rd  Annual Conference fo the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black was held  at the Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church in Indianapolis last weekend.  I had a lively drive with Sarah Motley and Johanna Hargraves from Charlottesville.  I was excited to be there serving as a member of the National Board and one … More St. Moses Conference: Advice from the Bishop

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

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