The Church is the Cross Through History

...  aspect of the contemporary religious scene could be called “comparative ...  however, is the greater question of the nature of the Church itself. Is there are correct way to think about the Church? The ...  offer a different conversation: the Church is the Cross through history. I will explain this in some detail as we go along, but I ...

The Church and the Cross

...  article is also found in my pages section as The Ecclesiology of the Cross. It seems that as the Orthodox world begins another level of internal ...  Of course, sense the subject is the true nature of the Church, it is a matter of concern for all Christians - for the Church is not a ...

Churchly Humility

...  sports. There’s the one that declares the Orthodox Church to have been founded in 33 a.d. I understand such boosterism in a ...  of your football team or other product loyalty is seen as important. We use brands in order to establish an identity and a sense of ...

The Long Defeat and the Cross

...  posted an article on marriage as a "lifetime of suffering," I thought it worth reflecting on the larger ...  - that marriage and that salvation are shown forth in the Cross of Christ. This article, from over a year back, seemed worth ...  of the Cross through time. It is not the failure of the Church and of Christians - though our failures certainly participate in the ...

Crossing the Bar

...  served a Church in the course of ministry in which a large group of my members were ...  became my lot to listen to their stories during their last days - to hear that of their children - and finally to give voice to what I had seen and heard in a spoken word of faith that was part of the ritual of their passing. It was not the passing of giants, ...

The Systematic Theology of the Cross

...  following excerpt was sent by a dear friend and a frequent reader of the blog. It is taken from ...  theology’ to a Russian pastor of the Underground Church, who had never seen a whole New Testament. Systematically, I began to ...  and wrote them down in such perfect order ever carried a cross?’ He went on. ‘A man cannot think systematically even when he has a ...

The Church as Failure

...  do not always like conversations about the Church. It invariably becomes problematic. The Orthodox sound unbelievably ...  to defensive positions, and on it goes. When we look across the Christian scene, however, we should be accurate in what we see: ...  of history. The Catholic Church says one thing, but has a hard time finding a parish that actually believes and practices the ...

The Church of the Second Storey (And Why There Isn’t Really One)

...  this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward ...  his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,  which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all (Eph. ...  and theoretical. Though certain events such as the Cross are recognized as historical, even they become removed to a second storey ...

Ecclesiology of the Cross

...  to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Paul does not ...  of ecclesiology, expounding and unpacking the phrase, "pillar and ground of the truth." The phrase simply hovers as a statement ...

St. Silouan and the Church

...  of Archimandrite Sophrony. It is given to our Orthodox Church through the Holy Spirit to fathom the mysteries of God, and she is ...  - purposely takes upon herself the world's anger, just as Christ took upon Himself the sins of the world. And as Christ was persecuted ...

Back to the Cross

...  a need to tie a few loose ends together - or at the very least to make a few connections. It's possible as in this last week to drink ...  known to all of the Apostles and to the Apostolic Church. If placed in words it sounds much like the Apostles' Creed (which is, ...

Hope: The Unashamed Virtue

...  past year, my wife and I developed a delightful habit of “Monday’s with ...  dam, a train-yard, and countless forays into the woods across the street. There have been lots of hours with my train sets. To give ...  world. Despite persecutions and every kind of trouble, the Church remains and the resurrection is made manifest in the triumph of beauty, ...

The Erotic Language of Prayer

...  of the Fathers this desire is called eros. Modern usage has corrupted the meaning of “erotic” to only mean sexual desire - but it is a profound word, without substitute in the language of the Church. I offer a quote from Dr. Timothy Patitsas of Holy Cross in ...

Being Found by God

...  was flying into Denver a year or so back to speak at a conference. Seated next ...  not true (such as that He somehow escaped death on the Cross). Islamic teaching on Jesus is a mishmash of 7th century heretical gossip ...  to the faith, though most are more likely to attack the Church than the faith itself. Not long after becoming an Orthodox priest, I ...

Love and Freedom

...  most difficult aspect of love is the freedom it inherently requires. Love, in its ultimate and ...  Christian teaching (constantly affirmed in the Orthodox Church) that God’s intention towards us is to raise us up as equals. We say ...  tragedy but embraces its consequences in His death on the Cross. It is fully within our freedom that He addresses us and rescues us from ...

Orthodoxy, Systematic Theology, and Music

...  done my graduate studies in systematic theology, I occasionally bristle at the comment, particularly when those making it have never ...  on your present circumstance. In science, if you come across a new species of tree, you can study it to see what makes it unique. ...  first eight centuries in the life of the Church were a time when doctrine and theology were being expressed and argued ...