Ascension Day and the Great Commission

  The feast of the Ascension is one of the major feast days of the Orthodox Church.  On this day our Lord Jesus Christ is taken up into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.  This prepares the way for the coming of the Holy Spirit Continue Reading
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Concerning “Eternal” Marriage

                  I have received several inquiries about the Orthodox understanding of marriage, especially with respect to "eternal" marriage. I am grateful for Isaiah's help with Continue Reading
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Back to the Future for Protestantism?

    On 29 April 2014, Biola University hosted “The Future of Protestantism,” a panel discussion comprised of Peter Leithart, Fred Sanders, and Carl Trueman.  Brad Littlejohn gave the introduction and Peter Escalante moderated the Continue Reading
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Look Both Ways before You Cross

                    A staunch Protestant apologist Douglas Beaumont recently published “Tiber Treading No More.”  In it he describes how he ended up becoming Roman Catholic Continue Reading
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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
Posted in Church Fathers, Incarnation | 16 Comments

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
Posted in Discipleship, Tradition | 26 Comments

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
Posted in Apostolic Succession, Church Fathers, Church History, Evangelicalism, Sola Scriptura, Tradition | 19 Comments