Obstacles and Encouragements for Inquirers

    It is good to know that pastors and even entire congregations are becoming Orthodox in the US, other countries, and in Russia. The website Pravoslavie published an interview with a former Protestant pastor, Father Igor Zyryanov, who led his congregation into Orthodoxy. What I found striking about the article were the insights and anecdotes that can teach us how to do Orthodox outreach and how not to do Orthodox outreach.…

Is Orthodoxy Eastern?

  A reader recently commented on the article “Crossing the Bosphorus.” But I think that the idea of crossing the Bosphorus is perhaps overly dramatic and may not be an entirely helpful metaphor. We need to remember that the Orthodox faith was at one time not confined to the East, where it has been faithfully kept, but that it was also once upon a time the faith in the West. I coined…

Other Discussions on the Future of Evangelicalism

  The recent “Future of Protestantism” hosted by Biola University on 30 April 2014, is not the only forum where the issue has been raised. A similar conversation took place between Stanley Hauerwas and Albert Mohler in 2012 titled “Nearing the End.” Stanley Hauerwas, a widely respected theologian, is in Mohler’s words a “high church Mennonite.”  Albert Mohler is President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisvilee, Kentucky. This conversation between a…

Ascension Day and the Great Commission

  The feast of the Ascension is one of the major feast days of the Orthodox Church.  On this day our Lord Jesus Christ is taken up into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.  This prepares the way for the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The feast of the Ascension is also significant because it is the day Christ gave the Great Commission to his apostles.…

Why We Need an All-English Liturgy

  In 2007, Christianity Today published an article, “Will the Twenty First Century be the Orthodox Century?”  In it Bradley Nassif argued that Orthodoxy will indeed grow and expand in this coming century.  But in an Again Magazine article, “The Orthodox Christian Opportunity,” Nassif noted although many people are converting to Orthodoxy, significant numbers of these converts are also leaving through the backdoor discouraged and disenchanted.  Much of the reasons for their…

Fr. Peter Gillquist: Evangelical Pioneer for Orthodoxy

            On 1 July 2012, Fr. Peter Gillquist reposed in the Lord.  He is widely known as the author of Becoming Orthodox. He is also known for being part of a group former Campus Crusade for Christ leaders who led some 2000 Evangelicals into the Orthodox Church in 1987 (see video).  The numerous comments on the website of All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, Indiana revealed his…