Directors Desk

Renewing Language: Eros, Body, Sex & Asceticism as Glorious Words

Feast of St. Anthony the Great

LAST YEAR, at the 8th annual Eighth Day Symposium, we explored the theme of friendship: “Strangers & Society: Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age.” I’m convinced friendship is one of the greatest needs of our day. It’s why my priest Fr. Paul O’Callaghan wrote an entire book on the subject: The Feast of Friendship. It’s also why Eighth Day Press published it. If... Continue Reading


The History of a Dream

Feast of St Steven the Protomartyr (east) and St John the Apostle & Evangelist (west)

ON THIS THIRD day of Christmas, I want to briefly share the history of a dream. 

A little over two decades ago I started working at Eighth Day Books. I had just recently returned from three years of missionary service in Latin America. And I had arrived home in Wichita with a dream. Full... Continue Reading


Eighth Day Institute: The Past, the Present & the Future and Incarnate Communication

Feast of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle

WE RECENTLY put together a series of videos on the work of Eighth Day Institute. If you haven't seen them yet, check them out here. I also invited my good friend Joshua Sturgill, the founding Vice President of Eighth Day Institute, to reflect on the history and work of Eighth Day Institute. I've provided his written reflection below, along with a short video clip of him reflecting on... Continue Reading


A Heart Full of Gratitude

Feast of the Entrance of the Holy Theotokos into the Temple

ON THIS Feast of the Entrance of the Holy Theotokos into the Temple, on the eve of Thanksgiving in the year of our Lord 2018, I want to express my gratitude.

I’m thankful for the Mother of God, particularly for her participation in the work of the Incarnation. For, according to St Nicholas Cabasilas (d. 1392), “Without the... Continue Reading


A Busy Year and an Inklings Retrospective

Feast of St Theophilus the Confessor

2018 has been a busy year.

The summer was full of travel, peddling books and culture at various conferences focused on classical education. It is very easy to get discouraged by the state of our culture. But I was extremely encouraged by these conferences. There are a lot of folks committed to reading the sources of Christianity and Western Civilization. And that commitment... Continue Reading


Florovsky & Macarius: On Justification and Manful Work

Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

I'VE SAID it before and I’ll say it again: “The inaugural Florovsky Week was glorious!” It was a great success, far exceededing my hopes and expectations. But it wasn’t perfect.

As for its success, it was remarkable to see how much in common Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants actually have…if they return to the Fathers. And this is precisely what the plenary speakers... Continue Reading


Inaugural Florovsky Lecture & Campaign Update

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Proclus & Hilary

WE'RE TWO days into the inaugural Florovsky Week and it has been glorious...better than I could have ever imagined. If you haven't attended yet, you are missing out on the best event we've ever organized...by far. It's not too late to register and join us...there are still two afternoon academic paper sessions, two evening plenary dialogues, and all day Saturday.

I am absolutely convinced that the work... Continue Reading


Florovsky Week and 2018 Summer Campaign

Feast of the Holy Apostles Archippus, Philemon & Onesimos

LAST WEEK we published a letter by Eighth Day Institute’s Board of Directors announcing our summer fundraising campaign. It pleases me to no end to see this group of dedicated folks transitioning into a working Board of Directors and establishing a vision for stability and long-term growth, including hiring help with administration and event coordination in 2019. I hope you’ll take a minute to read it Continue Reading


Florovsky Week: A Celebration of the Greatest 20th Century Orthodox Theologian

Feast of the Martyr Hermias

EIGHTH DAY Institute is at it again, creating a new summer conference: the inaugural Florovsky Week. The conference is organized in honor of Fr. Georges Florovsky, described by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware as the greatest Orthodox theologian of the twentieth century. Florovsky is most famous for his tireless call to return to the Fathers, a message that began motivating me years before Eighth Day Institute... Continue Reading


A Taste of Synaxis: Friendship, Inklings & Cultural Renewal

Feast of St Julian the Martyr

OUR LATEST issue of Synaxis is now being distributed to Eighth Day Patrons, Pillars & Olympians. If you do not receive your copy by May 31, please contact me.

If you are not an Eighth Day Patron or Pillar, please consider joining the community to support cultural renewal.

And in the meantime, enjoy a taste of the content with... Continue Reading