Crossing The Bosphorus

  With its many denominations Protestantism is no stranger to people changing churches, but there is something deeply unsettling about a Protestant family deciding to move over to a nearby Orthodox parish.  The phrase “swimming the Tiber” or “crossing the Bosphorus” alludes to the deep chasm separating Protestantism from the two ancient traditions of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.  Constantinople, the site of Orthodoxy’s leading patriarchal see, is located next to the…

Happy New Year!

  I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.   (Matthew 18:3 NIV)   Folks, Thank you for making the OrthodoxBridge an interesting and lively place for theological discussion in 2012.  May God grant you a blessed and safe 2013! May the picture of the cheerful boy dancing away and the quote from Matthew 18:3 be a reminder for…

Is Infant Baptism Biblical?

  Revised 3 March 2014               Martin wrote: I have a question. Baptists and Pentecostals say infant baptism is not biblical.  Do we find infant baptisms in the Bible? I heard someone say that this practice started around year 200. Where can I find the earliest teachings about infant baptism? When is the first time the early Fathers mentioned it? What does the Orthodox Church teach…

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…