Seeing the Virgin Mary through Biblical Eyes

Seeing the Virgin Mary through Biblical Eyes

In order to understand the role that the Virgin Mary plays in Scripture, one first needs to understand the symbolism of Bride and Groom that runs through the pages of the Bible. If one understands the role that Bride and Groom plays, then one will understand why the Virgin Mary is central to the Bible. She is fundamental to the story of redemption, just as fundamental as Eve is to the story of the Fall. One often hears it declared … MORE ›

Been There, Done That — Homosexuality and Church Tradition

Been There, Done That — Homosexuality and Church Tradition

In the wake of recent Supreme Court ruling Obergefell v. Hodges—legalizing same-sex “marriage” in all fifty states—a conversation among Christians regarding both potential consequences and the appropriate response has ensued. There are also conversations taking place between Christians and non-Christians as to the role of faith in the public square as it relates to marriage. Opposition, Not Hatred One dimension of these conversations is the question of how Christians have historically treated homosexuals, and whether or not there is any new data informing a potential … MORE ›

The Official Orthodox Christian Position on Marriage Equality

The Official Orthodox Christian Position on Marriage Equality

The following statement was released by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) on August 13, 2003. For the sake of anyone unaware of the official, Orthodox stance on same-sex “marriage,” this news release describes the clear and unchanging position. SCOBA Statement on Moral Crisis in Our Nation Wednesday, August 13, 2003 As members of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), representing more than 5 million Orthodox Christians in the … MORE ›

Orthodoxy Is Not Found through Archaeology

Orthodoxy Is Not Found through Archaeology

Many Orthodox Christians speak of a search for the early Church; of a search for the “ancient faith.” As such, it can be all too easy to conflate Orthodoxy with that which is “old.” But Orthodoxy is not true because it is old; it is true because it is orthodox. Even though many people confuse references to the ancient faith or the faith of the apostles with a call to the past, what we are speaking to—or rather, should be speaking to—is … MORE ›