Holy Thursday

We are now in the midst of Orthodox Holy Week. On Holy Thursday, the Church holds the Service of Holy Passion.  In this service we read through the passion narratives from all four Gospels in twelve installments.  In the middle of the service the priest brings out the Cross, then the people come up and prostrate themselves before the Cross of Christ. Interspersed with the Gospel readings are hymns and prayers.  …

Theological Conversations With Friends

Folks, I recently received a comment from David Jones, an Orthodox Christian, who has been in conversation with a Reformed pastor about my paper on the Reformed doctrine of predestination.  Below are my responses. Robert David, I’m glad to hear of your conversation with your Reformed/Calvinist pastor friend.  It is good to see bridges being built across two different theological traditions. My assumption here is that your friend is responding to my…

A Peek Into Orthodoxy

If you ever wondered what an Orthodox Church looks like on the inside, what happens during the Sunday morning service, and what kind of people you might meet there this video is highly recommended.  Ted Liedle produced this short 14 minute video of an Orthodox church in Macon, Georgia.  Click here  or screen shot below for video.   Protestants visiting an Orthodox church for the first may feel lost and confused.  One…

Happy Western Easter!

  On 31 March 2013 Western Christians (Protestants and Roman Catholics) will be celebrating Jesus Christ’s rising from the dead. Due to different calendars Western and Eastern Easter celebrations in 2013 will be a month apart: 31 March and 5 May. Many have wondered: Why the difference in Easter dates?   The First Ecumenical Council (Nicea 325) instructed that the celebration of Easter (Pascha) should fall on the Sunday following the first…

Is St. Patrick an Orthodox Saint?

  This coming Sunday will mark the feast day of Saint Patrick – Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland.  This may come as a surprise to many that St. Patrick was and is an Orthodox Saint centuries before Rome split from the Holy Apostolic Church. The rule of thumb for Orthodox Christians is that a Latin Christian who lived after the Great Schism of 1054, while they may have lived exemplary…

Christian Discipleship Under Holy Tradition

  One common fear is the fear of the unknown. Many Protestants contemplating becoming Orthodox wonder what Christian discipleship under Holy Tradition will be like.  Will I have to believe strange doctrines and do odd rituals?  Will I come under a new law and have to earn my salvation?   Relinquishing sola scriptura does not mean we stop reading the Bible.  We continue to read the Bible but in the context of…

Protestant Presupposition(s) About Holy Tradition – Right or Wrong?

Nicodemus’ Challenge to Protestants             Guest post by ‘Nicodemus’ It’s been said the Truth is latent in your presupposition. Or, that your conclusions rest, a priori, in your presuppositions. Thus, it is important to identify our presuppositions. Robert defended The Sign of The Cross via Holy Tradition – noting, “neither Scripture nor Holy Tradition fell from the sky.” So, from whence did they come?  The article he…