Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen from the grave!  Trampling down death by death!  And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!   The Christus Victor theme is a prominent one in Scripture.  Apostle Paul wrote: For he [Christ] must reign until he has put Continue Reading
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Why Christ had to Die

                    Athanasius the Great’s theological classic On the Incarnation contains passages that explain eloquently the significance of Christ’s death on Continue Reading
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ClustrMaps Reset

    Dear Folks, I just got word that the ClustrMaps feature will be reset around April 23.  This is a plug-in feature located in the right column showing a map of the world with red dots.  If you click on the map you will be taken Continue Reading
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Aging Protestants, Deep Sighs, and Holy Tradition

                    Pastor Andrew Sandlin recently posted a beautiful and poignant blog posting “Time Passages” about the trials of an aging church leader.  He wrote: It Continue Reading
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Following Christ in Holy Week

  One surprise for me when I converted to Orthodoxy was the frequency of church services during the week.  After several years of being an Orthodox Christian I began to understand that the middle of the week services was a form of Christian discipleship.  Continue Reading
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Which Path to Church Unity? Recognition vs Reception

    From time to time my friends and I get into a discussion about Christian unity.  Anglicans and Roman Catholics seem to be especially eager to reunite with the Orthodox and I have to explain why such efforts are difficult, if not improbable.  Continue Reading
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Remembering Metropolitan Philip

        Metropolitan Philip Saliba fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  He served as the Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America from 1966 to 2014.  His bold and Continue Reading
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Taking the Incarnation Seriously

  In a recent blog posting Pastor John Armstrong wrote about his paradigm shift on the Incarnation.  I found his article very helpful for illustrating the different ways Protestants and Orthodox approach the Incarnation.  Armstrong wrote: For Continue Reading
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TF Torrance and Reformed-Orthodox Dialogue

Review: Participatio - Centennial Volume 4: T.F. Torrance (2013)   Thomas Forsyth Torrance, 1913-2007, commonly known as TF Torrance, was a Scottish Presbyterian theologian.  He served as Professor of Christian Dogmatics at New College, Continue Reading
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Tertullian Refutes the “Fall of the Church” Heresy

  The “fall of the church” heresy is widely held among Protestants but not unique to Protestants.  The “fall of the church” was something that early Christians had to contend with as well.  Tertullian answered it in “The Prescription Continue Reading
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