St. Paul’s Home Church

  Many Evangelicals love to read and study St. Paul’s letters and consider Paul the greatest missionary of all time.  But few stop to think about which church Paul came from.  Many know that he was born in Tarsus, was educated in Jerusalem under Rabbi Gamaliel, and that he spent three years in the Arabian dessert after his encounter with Christ.  But many would draw a blank if asked: Where was Apostle…

Worship in Ancient House Churches

Folks, Did you ever wonder how the early Christians worshiped?  As a follow up to “Jurassic Park and the Protestant Quest for the Early Church,” I am reposting Gabe Martini’s “The Eucharistic Liturgy in Ancient House Churches.” Robert Arakaki The Eucharistic Liturgy in Ancient House Churches by Gabe Martini     Many evangelical groups today are proposing that we abandon traditional models of doing the Church, instead replacing that presumed stodginess with…

A Protestant Exodus? – My Response to Peter Leithart

  In Rev. Peter Leithart’s recent column for First Things: “The tragedy of conversion” (7 October 2013), he describes as tragic Protestants who acquired the taste for “catholicity and unity” and instead of remaining Protestant go so far as to convert to the Orthodox Church or to Rome.  This is a crisis affecting Protestantism in general and the Federal Vision movement in particular.  The New York Times published an article in 2009…

Is the Protestant Church Fragmented? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson (2 of 2)

  In a 26 January 2013 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked about the fragmented state of Protestantism.  One frequent objection to Protestantism is the fact that it has over 20,000 denominations.  Pastor Wilson responded that if you look at the data in terms of tradition as opposed to independent polities, you will find Orthodoxy has 19 different traditions, Protestants have 21 different traditions (streams), and for Roman Catholics there are…

Baptist Questions About Ignatius of Antioch

    Dear Folks, Burckhardtfan wrote some important questions about Ignatius of Antioch’s understanding of the early Church. As my answer grew longer I decided to turn it into a blog posting.Burkhardtfan wrote: Mr. Arakaki, Thank you for another brilliant post. I just have two questions: 1. When Ignatius says that nothing should be done without the bishop, what does he mean by the word ‘bishop’? Does it mean a local pastor or someone with…

The Orthodox Priest's Toolbox for Pastoral Care

  An Orthodox Response to Spencer Boersma’s “The Impotence of Calvinism?” (2 of 2)    (1 of 2) This week’s posting is a continuation of my response to Spencer Boersma’s “The Impotence of Calvinism.”  In this posting I will be looking at how an Orthodox priest might approach Young Man’s problem differently.   The plight of Boersma’s Reformed pastor is that his tool box is a limited one.  An Orthodox priest has…

An Eastern Orthodox Critique of Mercersburg Theology

  Mercersburg Theology’s High Church Calvinism: A Dead End? In recent years a renewed interest in Mercersburg Theology has emerged among Calvinists.  This can be seen by Keith Mathison’s Given For You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper (2002), W. Bradford Littlejohn’s The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity (2009) and Jonathan G. Bonomo’s Incarnation and Sacrament: The Eucharistic Controversy between Charles Hodge and John Williamson Nevin (2010). See also…