How Creation Foreshadows Baptism

How Creation Foreshadows Baptism

In the beginning, when darkness and light are first mentioned, the Holy Spirit and water are introduced between them: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. … Read Full Article

From Baptist to Orthodox: My Journey of Faith

From Baptist to Orthodox: My Journey of Faith

This post originally appeared at Brian Davidson’s blog LXXI. Brian and I have become acquainted over the past year, and both spent time at the same Baptist seminary (where he currently works as a Ph.D. candidate). His questions are below in bold, prefaced with his initials (BWD), with my responses following (GM). BWD: Gabe, thanks for agreeing to chat a bit about your transition from Baptist to Orthodox. First of all, how do you speak of your transition? Would you say … MORE ›

According to the Scriptures

According to the Scriptures

In the Nicene Creed, recited by the faithful at every divine liturgy, the Church confesses that Jesus Christ was crucified and rose again “according to the Scriptures.” This language is taken directly from St. Paul in 1 Cor. 15:4, and is thereafter a common expression among the apostolic fathers. Most of us today–somewhat naturally–take this to mean that Christ was crucified and rose again in accord with the account of those events as recorded in the New Testament documents. But, in reality, this … MORE ›

Rhetoric and the Reformation

An Orthodox Response to John Calvin on Icons: The Rhetoric of the Reformation

Ever since the Protestant Reformation, there has been varied opposition among Christians to religious or devotional artwork—what Orthodox Christians generally refer to as holy icons. As I have noted before, the Reformers were not all in agreement on this subject, with some allowing religious artwork and a limited veneration of both the Cross and Eucharist, others allowing their presence in church buildings while completely opposing their veneration or religious use, and the rest opposing both their proper use and existence … MORE ›

Love Your Enemies?

Love Your Enemies?

Anyone can love and be loved. Loving your enemies is the mark of a true Christian. 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 … MORE ›

Sola Scriptura vs. Tradition

Sola Scriptura vs. Holy Tradition: Is There a Difference?

I have recently—and on a few other occasions—written about the differences between the Protestant approach to authority and the Orthodox. For Protestants, the final authority or rule is the Bible—a principle known as Sola Scriptura. And while some Protestants have written catechisms and other companion material to the scriptures themselves, these too are held in check by the proper interpretation of the Bible. With regards to the latter, I have previously offered: Even when Sola scriptura is given nuance to make room … MORE ›