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…

A Calvinist Argument for Church Rituals

  James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, wrote “Redeeming Ritual” which was published in The Banner (February 2012).  In the article Prof. Smith points to the beneficial results of having ritual in our lives.  He notes that while Protestants tend to shun rituals in church, they embrace rituals outside the church.  Rituals in the form of routines and disciplines are needed if we are to achieve excellence in activities…

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…