What is the "Pastoral Journal"?
Most of the day to day writing done for this website and our blog
is commentary on
and the service texts. These are the most important
things to understand, because both contain the "words of life"
(Scripture being them, and the services par-excellence, a comprehensive
commentary and explanation of scripture and our Orthodox
My number one practical goal as a pastor is to induce in others a
fervent desire to know and live the true Christian faith. We moderns
know the scripture and service texts poorly, so that is my main
concentration. I figure that if anyone, Orthodox or not, begins to
perceive the beautiful intricacy and precision of the Scripture and the
service texts, they will see that the Orthodox church is the perfect
expression of the truth, and they will be drawn to adopting it, or
living more fully and seriously in it.
As a rule, I try to follow the church calendar, and the readings for
the day, or the services upcoming.Sometimes, inspiration just does not
come about these things, or I just think of something else, in that
never ceasing churning of my mind, and want to write something edifying
that does not really fit into any category. Hence, the "Pastoral
Journal", with its sporadic, sometimes "stream of consiousness" posts.