Christ Is Born, Glorify Him!

    Christ is born, glorify him.  Christ is from heaven, go to meet him. Christ is on earth, be ye lifted up. Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing out with gladness, all ye people. For he is glorified.   (First Ode of the Christmas Canon)   Folks, Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Robert

Saint Paul and the "Works of the Law"

Folks,    I often get questions about how Orthodoxy views sola fide.  Orthodoxy believes that we are justified through faith in Christ, but it denies the Protestant insistence that justification is by faith alone.  My assessment is that Martini’s article shows how the Orthodox understanding of justification is much more faithful to Scripture than Luther’s.  Let’s read it and have and have a discussion on this important issue.    Robert Saint Paul…

Remembering the Original Santa Claus — St. Nicholas of Myra

  On 6 December, the Orthodox Church celebrates the life of Saint Nicholas of Myra.  He lived in the fourth century in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). He had a reputation for secret gift giving.  One story tells how in the middle of the night he secretly threw in tiny bags of money to an impoverished family, saving the daughters from being sold into prostitution.   In recent years this story was…

Holy Tradition's Importance to Canon Formation

  Holy Tradition’s Importance to Canon Formation: A Response to Prof. Daniel Wallace Daniel B. Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (perhaps the leading dispensational seminary in the world), wrote a thoughtful blog posting: “The Problem with Protestant Ecclesiology.” He starts off by unabashedly proclaiming his Protestant convictions. Then, amazingly, he points out what he sees as Protestantism’s weakness, its ecclesiology. Prof. Wallace notes that: (1) there is a…

Baptist Questions About Ignatius of Antioch

    Dear Folks, Burckhardtfan wrote some important questions about Ignatius of Antioch’s understanding of the early Church. As my answer grew longer I decided to turn it into a blog posting.Burkhardtfan wrote: Mr. Arakaki, Thank you for another brilliant post. I just have two questions: 1. When Ignatius says that nothing should be done without the bishop, what does he mean by the word ‘bishop’? Does it mean a local pastor or someone with…

Book Review: Saints and Scoundrels by Robin Phillips

 [Revised 7 November 2012] It is a distressing fact that many Protestants nowadays are ignorant or indifferent about church history.  This mindset is dangerous on several levels.  One, it in effect denies God’s role as the Creator and Sustainer of his creation.  Two, it denies that there is a moral dimension to history.  Three, it implicitly denies that God is at work redemptively giving human history purpose and meaning.  And four, it…

The Orthodox Priest's Toolbox for Pastoral Care

  An Orthodox Response to Spencer Boersma’s “The Impotence of Calvinism?” (2 of 2)    (1 of 2) This week’s posting is a continuation of my response to Spencer Boersma’s “The Impotence of Calvinism.”  In this posting I will be looking at how an Orthodox priest might approach Young Man’s problem differently.   The plight of Boersma’s Reformed pastor is that his tool box is a limited one.  An Orthodox priest has…