Fr. Timothy Robinson

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Being a Christian, actually being a Christian is not just a matter of “belonging” to a Church. Being a member of The Church, that is, being a baptized, confessing, communing, worshipping member of The Church is essential. Being a member of a local Parish is crucial. At the same time, being a Christian also requires…

What is the Point?

The Church does three things: we worship God, we preach the Gospel, and we do good. We can and should add some nuance to those points, but that is about it. We (the Church) also do what we do authentically. This means that we need to actually have a relationship with the true God in…

The World’s Best Selling Book

I would boldly assert that the Bible is the most widely translated, published, and printed book in the history of mankind. I also freely admit that actual publishing/printing statistics for a book like the Bible are very difficult to establish. Other religious or ideological texts, ancient and modern, also no doubt share a top billing…

Old Fashioned?

A casual observer might easily accuse the Orthodox Church of being old fashioned or even “antique.”  After all, look at our worship services, our music, the way our Priests dress.  I think it might be more accurate to describe us as “conservative.”  We do change.  We used Greek but now we also use English because…

Beloved, Christ is Risen!

Beloved, Christ is risen!  I recently preached a sermon on Acts 6:1-7 (Sunday, May 19).  The sermon was not recorded on this particular Sunday, and several people have approached me about reproducing at least a summary of that homily.  Here it is. Some time ago a good friend of ours who works in the office…

The Joy of Great & Holy Lent

The following is an excerpt from a talk by the late Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, given in London in 1968.  (I have retained the British spellings.): “Contrary to what many think or feel, Lent is a time of joy.  It is a time when we come back to life.  It is a time when we…

Priorities

Our personal priorities shape our lives and, ultimately, our destinies.  And we all need to look at our priorities regularly, like at the beginning of the New Year.  What are your real priorities in life?  Here is a central question:  Are you living for what you can accumulate or for what you can become?  Louis…

Getting Ready for “The Holidays”

Beloved, Are you getting ready for “The Holidays”? I love this time of year, but as a Christian, I don’t say “Happy Holidays” to people. I say “Merry Christmas”! Our culture celebrates this time of year, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Chanukah, and New Year, positively—family, special foods, entertainment, etc. And it also markets this time to…

Let’s go to the Gym!

Since developing a back problem in April, I have done something I haven’t done in years: I have joined a gym!  Mind you, although I have been a regular exerciser for most of my adult life, I have never liked gyms.  There’s the expense and then sometimes the atmosphere—obsession and sweat!  I have to say…