Sick at Soul

“There was a time:  I thought to rise

Upwards in a jet like a fountain

But, having attained the crest,

I am cast down from the height.

                            ***

Perdition is near, – God is far

And, in my soul, I dare not pray

To Him.  I have not the strength.

I keep silence with lowered eyes.

You, meek one, lamb of God,

You pray, if you can,

Say a prayer in chaste humility

For those who are sick at soul.”

— Fr. Pavel Florensky

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Love LGBT People As You Love Yourself or A Modern Day Good Samaritan

Here is a provocative article I recently published on The Christian Watershed. I pray that it moves you to contemplate the intrinsic dignity and value of all men.

Christianity affirms the intrinsic goodness of creation and the essential goodness of man made in the image and likeness of God.  These are bedrock beliefs with far reaching implications.  In the realm of ethics and civil law these presuppositions  provide the only viable foundation upon which to build a case for civil rights and human dignity.  From a theological standpoint, they provide the context necessary for understanding Jesus’ profound summation of the Mosaic Law found in St. Matthew’s Gospel:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

But exactly who is your neighbor?  A lawyer, who desired to “justify himself” once asked our Lord…

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Polka Is Not Dead!

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This is a short satire I wrote in college and later published on Amazon.  It was originally intended to ridicule  the emergent church and poke fun of Blue Like Jazz.  After writing it, however, I realized it lampooned Evangelical Protestantism in general.  However you interpret it, it will surely make you laugh . . . or make you very angry . . . either way, it’s worth reading.  Check it out!

That Awkward Moment When You Realize You’re Supposed to Introduce Yourself . . .

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

My name is Joshua and I’m a former protestant minister who, together with my wife and children, converted to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church . . . by now, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this.  For years I’ve written articles with my dear friend Joel Borofsky at The Christian Watershed.  I also, sporadically, write pieces on my personal blog Truth is a Man.  I’m both humbled and, somewhat, terrified to announce that I’ll be assisting Joel in the maintenance of Hipsterdox and Orthodox Ruminations.  Humbled, because it’s an honor to take control of another man’s creation (something he has poured his heart and soul into).  Terrified . . . because I’m taking control of another man’s creation (something he has poured his heart and soul into).  That being said, I’m also extremely excited about the opportunity to grow these online communities!

As Joel has already stated, we are in the process of planing the future of all three blogs and will have more news on this in March.  Until then we shall continue to post great content and will especially promote the Facebook groups.  I look forward to getting to know each other and to providing the same quality material you’ve come to expect.  God bless!

J. Matthan Brown