Southbridge in the Civil War – Andersonville Prison

Andersonville Prison is synonymous with the horrors of the Civil War.  Some 13,000 Union prisoners died while being held in some of the worst conditions of the American Civil War.  Andersonville Prison was opened in February of 1864 on 16.5 acres of land near the town of Andersonville Georgia.  By the time the prison was liberated in May of 1865 45,000 union soldiers would have been held there. The prison was commanded by Major Henry Wirz who was tried and executed after the war due to the co … [Read More...]


What Pulls Us

The Gospel of Luke 8:26-39 At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it … [Read More...]

Bar Mitzva

Mazel Tov ~ Reflections from A Bar Mitzvah

  If you are like me, you have only heard or read about the Jewish custom of Bar Mitzvah.  I had an intellectual knowledge of what it was all about - the becoming of an adult in the eyes of Jewish Community and an acceptance of the Jewish faith in a very public way - but I never had any first-hand experience with it.  Well, that all changed when I recently attended my nephew Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah. I often describe myself as a “church geek”. I like ritual and liturgy, not only of my own c … [Read More...]


What Kind of Soil Are You?

The Gospel of Luke 8:5-15 The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To … [Read More...]

The Gettysburg Story

I listen to a number of podcasts as I travel on my rounds and one of my favorites is Civil War Talk Radio hosted by Professor Gerry Prokopowicz of East Carolina University.  Each week Gerry, as I like to think of him, brings authors and other Civil War scholars to his show for an interview about their book or specific topic.  If you are a serious student of the Civil War or just someone who likes history, this show is for you. The show takes a break for the summer so I have been using the time t … [Read More...]

love your enemies

But Love Your Enemies and do Good

The Gospel of Luke 6:31-36 The Lord said, "And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, … [Read More...]

Top Posts of the Past Week

Here is a list of the top posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls. Orthodox Unity in America The Parable of the Vineyard The Challenge of our Time Wedding Sermon Sermon ~ Take Up Your Cross Launching into the Deep Blessed are your Poor Orthodoxy and Contraception Transsexuals & Orthodoxy Sermon ~ Do Not Weep … [Read More...]

Comments Turned Off

You may have noticed that the ability to comment has been disabled.  That is due to a high rate of spam comment, more than 100 in one day, so I have been forced to turn of the ability to comment on posts for the time being. Fear not, commenting will return soon. Thanks for your understanding. … [Read More...]