Win a Free Book from On Behalf of All

Win a Free Book from On Behalf of All

Since the beginning, On Behalf of All has always a been a blog focused on sharing the timeless beauty of the Orthodox Christian faith. Whether you grew up in the Church, recently converted, or are simply just a little bit curious, our goal is to both … Read Full Article

Every Choice Has Led to This

Every Choice Has Led to This

It’s easy to second guess ourselves or play the hindsight game. Woulda, coulda, shoulda, as they say. Even as a Calvinist, it was tempting to think: “Have I made a mistake? Was this the right decision?” For some, it is far more tempting to get lost in our heads, wondering if what we’ve chosen has been correct, or if we should’ve done different. We can obsess over details … Read More ›

Grass and Fences

Grass and Fences

Two sheep were in a pen. One sheep was intrigued with the fence, while the other sheep was just grateful the fence kept the wolves away. The first sheep looked at the fence constantly, studying every post, every wire, every staple, while the second sheep was busy eating grass. The second sheep grew up to be nice and healthy, but the first sheep starved to death. Orthodox doctrine is important. Our … Read More ›

Fire and Brimstone

Fire and Brimstone

A man on a busy street corner holds a sign that reads “Sinners Repent!” There are other signs posted around him with longer bits of text, with messages of a similar tone, warning of the wrath of God and hellfire that awaits those who refuse to repent and believe in Jesus. To help hammer home the message of the signs, the man also attempts to persuade passersby with his voice: “Idolaters, slanderers, and sexual perverts … Read More ›

Being a Faithful and True Witness

Being a Faithful and True Witness

According to the Scriptures, being a witness for Christ is, in most respects, synonymous with martyrdom. While not all Christians face literal martyrdom in their lifetime, the call to carry a cross is a call to each and every one of us. Jesus Christ was the first true and faithful Martyr (Rev. 1:5), and all Christians should consider his own witness as an example for our lives. In certain parts … Read More ›

What is Truth?

What is Truth?

When Jesus says he has come to bear witness to truth, Pilate responds with a most poignant question: “What is truth?” (John 18:38) This is what we call dramatic irony. Christ himself is the way, the truth, and the life, and in him alone is truth. All aspects of truth knowable in this life are but a reflection of he who is truth. And as the Church is the true Body of Christ, … Read More ›