Communion (without) Question

Growing up in the Orthodox Church, we may (or may not) have been told about the Holy Sacraments' central role in our lives. We may (or may not) have been told about the primary reason for celebration of the divine liturgy. We may (or may not) have been told about our resource of our power…

Blind as (a) Karim

I'm sure you've heard the expression 'blind as a bat'. I decided to replace 'a bat' with my name. This topic of blindness has been in my line of sight (I know...great pun) all week. But, I'm different from a bat. Imagine you wake up in your room at night, you can probably make your…

going to Haiti: Trust and Honesty

This is an entry written on 2/11/16 during my flight to Haiti. Today I had a long conversation with a flight attendant. It was a struggle getting to the flight (as usual...woke up late), but thanks to the ticketing desk I got emergency-row seating (#thankful). Anyone at my height knows this is always a plus: no sore knees on the plane.…

7 weeks in. 7 steps in Mark 7.

February 2016 already. Can you believe it? Seriously, #1thingisneeded - never forget how quickly time passes. It feels like just yesterday, we were celebrating the new year. I didn't have like a big 2016 blog entry, but we bid 2015 farewell and paraded in 2016 with hopes, promises, and resolutions. But now, over a month has…

Can I take your order?

French fries, bean burritos...and tuna. That's essentially what I've had to eat since Advent began. The preparation period for Christmas, is not exactly 'fun' when it comes to our food. It's something we should discuss later - I can actually look forward to fasting. I know. Sounds crazy, right? And right around now, is when I start making…

the little deacon that could

Preface: This is a topic dear to my heart...and I hope we can learn from it together. Growing up in a home with a pre-school teacher for a mom, children's books are all over the place. These stories are usually based around a single moral message, 1thing that the author wants the child (whatever the age - even…

day and night

So I'm back on social media. First time in years. I've been praying and asking God that whatever is to come up next in my life is all for Him. Before you continue reading - say a quick prayer that this #1thingisneeded effort works for His glory. Nothing else. There are very few things I pick…

🎼 🎶 I’m gonna be a mighty king ♫ ♬

Growing up in the 90's, I experienced the Disney classics. People have debated before - but I don't think its much of a conversation: The Lion King, is the the all-time best Disney movie. Period.We still sing the songs and make references to them in our conversations - even though the movie is old. I want to draw our…

Ready, BREAK!

First off - welcome to the new and improved, 1thingisneeded.com - we're now officially our own domain. Special thanks to a generous donation from my paycheck. Most importantly, its easy to tell others about...so spread the news! Happy Feast of the Transfiguration! Have you ever played football? Yes - American, hard-hitting, organized-chaos, pigskin-centered - football.…

simple arithmetic

grad·u·ate verb successfully complete an academic degree, or course of training Graduations are in the air. Congrats to all those celebrating! You just finished __ of years of school, and now you have _______ degree to show for it. Now what? Done with High school? It is time I move out, and "do my own thing". Done…

Chocolate Ice-Cream

I've had an interesting week. It began with a large chocolate ice-cream Sunday after church. Deliciously smooth, savory, and sweet. Who doesn't want some ice-cream in the middle of these 92-degree Miami days? Wednesday it continued with quite possibly the most exquisite quesadilla ever made. For the record, I doubt a quesadilla has ever been…

a power(ful) mnemonic

Good weekend? Great weekend. What is greater than a weekend jam-packed with church, family, and food? Basically nothing. Christ is risen people! Enjoy the resurrection. Enjoy life. Enjoy Christ.  “I am the resurrection and the life." (NKJV John 11:25) Last week was a beautiful journey. While tempted to redefine verbosity, I told myself to put…