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.