The Mystery of the Church and My Search for Truth

                    Today’s posting is by Stefan Pavićević.  Welcome Stefan!  Stefan Pavićević was born and raised in the city of Bitola, the Republic of Macedonia (aka FYROM).  He is currently studying engineering and computer science at St. Clement of Ohrid University of Bitola.  He attends the Most Holy Theotokos Orthodox Church  (Црквата Света Богородица).   I was raised in a nominal Eastern Orthodox family. …

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox (1 of 3)

Part 1 — Scripture and Tradition by Matt Ferdelman   Today’s posting is by Matt Ferdelman.  Welcome Matt!  Matt Ferdelman is a catechumen at St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio. Matt was born into the Pentecostal church where he attended for the first 17 years of his life. In 2008 he began the process of becoming a five-point Calvinist at Apex Community Church in Kettering, OH, where he remained…

Déjà Vu All Over Again

            Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick recently wrote “My Presbyterian Field Trip: A Fragmenting Tradition” in which he described a meeting at a church that was considering leaving the mainline Presbyterian Church (USA) for the smaller, more conservative ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians).  The leader of the ECO was there to make the case for the move and a prominent member of the Missions Department of…

Solo versus Sola Scriptura: What’s the Diff?

  Father Andrew Stephen Damick recently wrote: Protestants and a Churchless Tradition: “Sola” vs. “Solo” Scriptura.  It’s an excellent article and I encourage readers to read the entire article.  In this article I have excerpted parts of Father Andrew’s article and used it as a basis my take on what is happening with the recent rediscovery of historic sola scriptura by Evangelicals.   The Latest Evangelical Fad – Tradition is Cool! Fr.…

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…

Which Came First: The Church or the New Testament?

Folks, I am reposting Fr. James Bernstein’s excellent article about the history of the Bible and how what he learned caused him to abandon sola scriptura (the Bible alone) for the Bible in Tradition. Robert Source: “Which Came First: The Church or the New Testament?” by Fr. A. James Bernstein was published by Conciliar Press/Ancient Faith Publishing and is used by permission. All rights reserved. It is available in booklet form, along with…

Christian Unity Amidst Reformation Wars & Seminary Wars

  “Missional ecumenicist” John Armstrong has two parallel passions: church unity and church missions.  Pastor Armstrong’s Protestant catholicism (small c) is characterized by his gracious, warm-hearted relationships, openness, and appreciation for both Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions.  He is relatively new to the Reformed tradition having come from a broad Evangelical background.  He wrote: I entered the Reformed Church in America, about ten years ago, out of growing conviction that I could…