The Act of Veneration

...  as much as veneration. For the non-Orthodox, veneration is often mistaken for worship. We kiss icons; sing hymns to saints; cry out ...  became Orthodox, having written a Master’s thesis on the theology of icons and come to understand them. The summer following my ...

Modern Illusions

...  wrong, “why bother?” There are two thoughts I want to offer in this article. The first addresses the illusion of the better world and ...  getting better. And though Protestant and Evangelical theology classically champion the work of grace, modernity has high-jacked ...

If It Makes You Happy

...  1998, my family and I were received into the Orthodox Church. I had served as an Episcopal clergyman for 18 years prior ...  staff and tremendous programs. I took up the work of starting an Orthodox mission. Of course, such a life-change creates awkward ...  well and rightly. A primary sacrament of this flawed theology is adult-only baptism. Infants are not able to choose and are ...

No More Debt

...  debt that cannot be repaid. It is an image that the Scriptures know full well. But it is a situation that is easily seen from two sides - and only one of them belongs to God. The two sides are simple: the one who owes the debt ...  Greece and Germany. It’s a rare thing to find such theology in the popular press. Food for ...

A Lesser Atonement

...  where what we think is familiar and expected. The case of “mistaken identity” flows from our assumptions and expectations. This is ...  scope of the Christian life.   In my experience, bad theology eventually produces bad results. We are already reaping the fruit of ...

Singing the Lord’s Song

...  - but I was serving in a “Low Church” parish. I was the first priest in their history to wear Eucharistic vestments as a normal ...  “sung” mass - one in which the priest chants many of its parts. It was well-received, without controversy. But one teenager’s ...  seemed perfectly natural to him within the context of his theology. Music was an indispensable part of all philosophical ...

The Agent of Change

...  inhabitants of our modern culture, we find ourselves trapped in a world of "cause and effect." It is a physical explanation of the universe that has, for all intents and purposes, become a universal ...  our culture (although itself the product of Christian theology rather than modern culture) is the understanding found within the 12 ...

Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

...  I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day ...  Christ as "replacement." Christ as replacement creates a "theology of absence." If Christ simply "takes our place," then salvation is ...

America and the Perversion of Christianity

...  cultures have only a vague or non-existent knowledge of history. This is especially true of Americans. The downside of such ignorance should seem obvious. Most modern Christians have ...  for Evangelism Both movements shared a growing theology of personal experience. True Christianity was increasingly identified ...

The True Agent of Change

...  inhabitants of our modern culture, we find ourselves trapped in a world of "cause and effect." It is a physical explanation of the universe that has, for all intents and purposes, become a universal ...  our culture (although itself the product of Christian theology rather than modern culture) is the understanding found within the 12 ...

A Life of Thanksgiving

...  capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation. Fr. Alexander Schmemann   I have ...  a monastery and leading a retreat in Santa Fe. One of the retreat participants reminded me of this post on giving thanks and shared ...  was coming to terms with the wrathful God of some Western theology (or the misunderstandings of the "wrathful God"). At the heart of ...

Justice Enough?

The human desire for justice is insatiable. And that is a problem. It is a problem ...  use justice as a lens for understanding the work of our salvation. The fathers have a term for insatiable desires: passions. ...  perverted desire for infinite justice confirmed. Such theology does not heal the soul - it corrupts it further and feeds its ...

So Great A Cloud of Witnesses

...  righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of ...  a Grammy for the best song of year in 1991).  It's pop theology told us: ...From a distance you look like my friend, even though we ...

Escape from Reason

...  Schaeffer, the Evangelical Protestant theologian, authored a book by the title Escape from ...  a solid ground within a world grounded in the inerrancy of Scripture. This article does not engage Schaeffer's work. Instead, it ...  has played an off-again, on-again role in Christian theology. St. John’s use of the word Logos [which can be translated, ...

Apocalypse Now

...  teachings of the Christian faith are as easily misunderstood and equally misapplied as the ...  of the movie's plot). The End, as understood in Orthodox theology, is not a cosmic conspiracy theory being wrought within the linear ...

The Life of Thanksgiving

...  with family for the (American) Thanksgiving holiday. Fewer of my children will be there - a mark of the maturing of their own families and ...  was coming to terms with the wrathful God of some Western theology (or the misunderstandings of the "wrathful God"). At the heart of ...