Let’s Get Out of This Place

...  cried Hell. Your Friend stands calling to you: ‘Come out.’ Go, then, and I too shall feel relief. For since I swallowed you, all ...  as if when Christ says, “Come forth!” Hell cries, “Get out!”  Most of the Orthodox hymns surrounding Christ’s death and ...

Get Real for Lent

...  set off in a sprint and fail before the first week is out. The failure comes in anger, self-recrimination, even despondency. The ...  the most difficult fast of all. Lent is a time to "get real." Not eating some things is actually normal. In our modern world we ...

Get Real for Lent

...  set off in a sprint and fail before the first week is out. The failure comes in anger, self-recrimination, even despondency. The ...  the most difficult fast of all. Lent is a time to "get real." Not eating some things is actually normal. In our modern world we ...

Hope: The Unashamed Virtue

...  a new challenge to “find things to do.” He is an energetic boy, bright, with quick interest in almost anything around him. Our ...  one day’s conversation when Eli began asking questions about what it meant to be old, including the notion that old age meant that death ...

A Single Moment

...  The Brothers Karamazov, relates a now-famous fable about an old woman: Once upon a time there was a woman, and she was wicked as ...  she began to kick them with her feet: ‘It’s me who’s getting pulled out, not you; it’s my onion, not yours.’ No sooner did she ...

Not a Single Individual Will Be Saved

...  the most striking thing about human beings is that we don’t actually come into existence by ourselves. There are parents (two of them when the laws of biology are allowed to work). The parents themselves ...  individual salvation. It is, above all, the “gathering together into one all things in Christ Jesus.” The drive towards independence ...

The Work That Saves

...  favor. The Catholic Church replied that “faith without works” is dead and that faith alone is insufficient. This debate, with ...  Received, O Christ our God, and to You we ascribe glory, together with Your Father, Who is without beginning, and Your all-holy, good, and ...

Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

...  on man's behalf. Justification is extrinsic - it happens outside of man and apart from man. By faith, man acknowledges Christ's gift on ...  walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness ...

The River of Fire – Kalomiros

...  1 Is it not death? What does Western theology teach about death? All Roman Catholics and most Protestants consider death as a ...  evil for evil and does not permit Him to pardon and to forget the evil done against His will, unless an infinite satisfaction is offered ...

Orthodoxy and the Apocalypse

...  parts of the world. And yet, all of these events added together do not make for the time of the Apocalypse. Though it is always true ...  us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir ...

Christianity in a One-Storey Universe

...  - Death in a Two-Storey Universe I have written before about the two-storey universe that is part of our cultural inheritance in the ...  has it that when some one of us dies, their soul gets to move to the second-storey. If, however, they were bad, or failed to ...

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev on the Descent of Christ into Hades

...  never depict the resurrection itself, i.e., Christ coming out of the grave. They rather depict ‘the descent of Christ into Hades’, or ...  differently. Liberal Western theology rejects altogether any possibility for speaking of the descent of Christ into Hades ...

The Grace of Repentance

...  my heart. Two seemingly totally incompatible states met together in me. I am recording facts. I did not understand myself what was happeing to me. Outwardly I was no less fortunate than most people. Later, things became clear ...

The Problem with having a God

...  (there is usally some everyday even when I am writing about something else). But today I am thinking about the problem of having a ...  How is that not a problem? It certainly doesn't mean you get to have your own way all the time, or even much of the time. I frequently ...