Eschatological Discipleship

Every year in preparation for Lent the Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of the Last Judgment.  On this Sunday we hear the Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31-46).  It is sobering to be reminded that we will all one day appear before the Great Judgment Seat of Christ. When the thrones are set up and the books are opened, and God sits in judgment, O what fear there will be…

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…

Unintentional Schism? A Response to Peter Leithart’s “Too catholic to be Catholic”

Of late Protestantism seems to be undergoing a “climate change.”  Theological positions are shifting and church affiliations are undergoing realignment in surprising ways.  Reformed Christians are rediscovering liturgical worship and the church fathers.  While pastors sought to enrich their Protestant heritage, they did not intend that people would jettison their Protestantism altogether and become Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.  These defections are raising concerns among pastors.   Peter Leithart in a recent…

Response No. 3 to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s "What is Eastern Orthodoxy?"

Response to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s “What is Eastern Orthodoxy?” — Trinity Talk Interview No. 3 (30 November 2009) In this blog posting I will be  responding to Pastor Wedgeworth’s November 30 Trinity Talk presentation.  This review will be structured along the lines of topics than chronology.  Given the large number of topics covered, I have grouped them into five broad categories: (1) why people are converting to Orthodoxy, (2) anti-Augustinianism, (3) Orthodoxy…

Book Review: Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom

Tell me the history of the church and I can tell you your theology. Church history is not neutral but is shaped by our theological beliefs.  This is especially the case with Emperor Constantine: to many Evangelicals and Anabaptists Constantine was the arch villain who caused the early Church to fall from its apostolic purity, to mainstream Protestants and Roman Catholics Constantine was a pivotal historical figure who made Christianity into a…

Response to Theodore – Semi-Pelagianism, Sola Fide, and Theosis

On 22 December 2011, Theodore wrote: #1 — Granting that the Eastern Orthodox Church (“EOC”) has an ancient tradition, and, further, that its pretty rituals contain much sacred meaning, the fact remains that it is — by its own admission — semi-Pelagian, and, as such, teaches a false religion.  Debates about the nature, duration, and content of the service are totally irrelevant when what is presented to the congregation is antithetical to…