Where to begin..?
I’m a sinner who converted and was baptized into Orthodoxy in the summer of 1992, and have never regretted it a single moment. My road hasn’t been bump-free, but I have never regretted converting. To me, someone who has “church shopped” in the past, my converting to Orthodoxy is miraculous in and of itself.
I’m a proud father of four beautiful daughters, and the luckiest husband on the faith of the earth. As far as family and friends, I can state unequivocally that “my cup runneth over”. God, always true to His word, surpassed my expectations.
I’m originally from Harlem, NY (which is actually in New York, NY being that Harlem is on the island of Manhattan). I grew up there in the 70s and 80s, so, unlike the trendy, lovely place that Harlem is today (thanks be to God!), my childhood was flavored with the results of Frank Lucas, Nicky Barnes, and the host of others who sought the more satanic ways of entrepreneurship.
I proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984-1996. I’ve been to more than a few places and have confirmed that “sin abounds” regardless of the culture or skin color.
I live in Stockholm, Sweden, and, yes, it is as secular as they say. However, God is great, and if He could use our Holy faith to topple what the strongest empire in the world during its day (Rome, for those with rusty memories like mine) without firing a shot, then Sweden is by no means impossible. Anything but. In my humble opinion, the people here are more well off materialistically than most in the world. Compared with the rest of the planet, they lack little if any of the essentials. But now it appears they are starting to need more. They seem to be realizing that the junk food of secularism starves the soul of nutritional value. They long for the spiritual portein that only Christ and His Church offers. The spiritual nutrition that comes from the “bread of life” (John 6:35), and the “living water” (John 4:10).
I blog because I must. I know it sounds a bit dramatic and all, but I’m not trying to be. My soul wants to share what Orthodoxy is with the world. When I first found Orthodoxy, I remember, more than anything, the feeling of finding the “great pearl”. But I also remember the anger that followed. The anger of, “Why hasn’t anyone told me about this?!?” Well, the anger has more than subsided, and I’ve resolved to simply share the Holy Orthodox faith with the world.
Lastly, if my writing is a bit “I think Eastern Orthodoxy is the best thing ever!”-ish, that’s because I believe this to be the case. While I have no plans to belittle anyone else’s faith (God forbid!), I do believe that I have literally found the Pearl of Great Price (Matt. 13:44-46). If I didn’t believe this, I would still be looking. I expect and respect everyone who believes this about their faith as well.
May God keep me true to my words.