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Escaping Hubris Through Failure - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We often think of games as pastimes and recreation, but might it be that learning to lose gracefully may be unto our salvation.

Why Long Distance Relationships Fail

Many of us struggle with long distance friendships and romantic relationships. It’s hard to make them work. So why would it be any different with Jesus?

Why I Let My Daughter Be Scared - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

As a parent, it's always hard to decide what kinds of things your kids should watch, especially if they are scared. But maybe there is value in watching things that scare our children?

Reflections on a Modern Saint

We’re so used to saints being from centuries ago, that we forget that God makes saints today! Here are some reflections on Saint Paisios the Athonite.

Ripe for Revival

Sometimes our parishes don’t seem as collectively on fire for Christ as we could be. Here’s what we personally can do to change that.

So, What's Next?

How do we stay still in a world that is constantly pushing us to move forward?

Four Things to Stay Connected During the Summer

The summer can either be a time of disconnection or of connection to our faith. Here are four ways you can connect to Christ and to the Church this summer.

Loving Unseemly Characters - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Sometimes we meet people who are difficult to love, but the beauty of art is that we get practice caring for people with whom we might not normally associate.

The Summer When I Fell in Love With My Faith

Of all the opportunities that summer camp affords you, the opportunity to get to know Christ is by far the greatest one.

Harry Potter and the Fear of Death - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

All of us will die, but not all of us will die well. Harry Potter, however, demonstrates that death is meant to be the final expression of a life lived for others.

Mine! Mine! Mine!

The only way to assure that someone or something will remain yours forever is to never give it your all, never help it grow...which just sounds so terrible, doesn’t it?

Three Things in Common Between the Twelve Steps & Orthodoxy

Now that we’ve looked at the Twelve Steps of recovery and how they parallel with Orthodox Christian teaching, let’s look at three principles shared by both.

The Spaces We Create and How They Shape Us - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We tend to think that we create spaces to express ourselves, but what if the spaces we create actually are more formative on us?

Run, Don't Walk

What are the parallels between being an Orthodox Christian and being a runner? How does one influence the other?

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits Part 3: Making Amends and the Christian Life

The remaining steps call us to make amends to others, to continue to work on our relationships with others and with God, and to share our story with others.

Hugging Wookies, Riding Coasters, and Learning to Love at Disneyland - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Love is learned through sharing in one another's joys, sorrows, and loves. The question is: what do we love?

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits Part 2: Making Lists and Letting Go

We have a tendency to hold on to fears and resentments from our past. These next four steps help us to list them out, share them with another person, and then trust in God to take them from us.

Kimmy Schmidt and Why Being Unbreakable Is Broken - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

We often think that being "unbreakable" means that someone is truly strong, but perhaps true strength comes from accepting our brokenness and facing it bravely.

How I (Almost) Failed at Youth Ministry

There is no perfect model for youth ministry. But many lessons can only come with experience.

Addiction, Sin, & Bad Habits: What We Can All Learn From the 12 Steps

Not everyone is an addict, but everyone does struggle in some way with sin and bad habits. Here is Part 1 in a series on what everyone can learn from the 12 Steps of recovery from addiction.

Taylor Swift, Ryan Adams, and the Cross of Christ - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Perhaps the Church can learn from Ryan Adams, whose cover of Taylor Swift’s "1989" reveals how sometimes we all can hide our deepest and truest experiences of hurt and longing behind...

Decisions Aren't Always Yours to Make

When you can’t make your own decisions, what can you do?

Beauty, Harmony, and How Fleet Foxes Guides the Heart: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

The music of the Fleet Foxes is beautiful, and it matters because all beauty comes from God. Maybe as we enjoy such music, our hearts are directed toward the Lord's good things.

The Highs and Lows of Growing Up

As best I can tell, there are two major challenges to becoming an adult. The first is wanting to be simultaneously older and younger, yet present in the time that I’m in.

3 Things LOST Taught Me: Pop Culture Espresso Shots

It has been 6 years since LOST went off the air, but it has lingered in the hearts of some (not all) fans. Like most stories, LOST has some valuable insights to offer us on what it means to be...
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