Reflection on Christ’s Ascension

  Q.  49. What benefits do we receive from Christ’s ascension into heaven? A.  First, that he is our Advocate in the presence of his Father in heaven.  Second, that we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that he, as the Head, will also take us, his members, up to himself.  Third, that he sends us his Spirit as a counterpledge by whose power we seek what is above,…

Why Evangelicals Need Mary

In recent years growing numbers of Evangelicals have become interested in Orthodoxy.  Many want to convert to Orthodoxy but have difficulty with certain Orthodox teachings. Without question, one of the most difficult obstacles for any Protestant Evangelical interested in Orthodoxy is Mary. A large part of the problem lies in a communications gap between Evangelicals and Orthodox.  Unlike Eastern Orthodoxy which has ancient roots going back to the Early Church, Evangelicalism is…

Response to Michael Horton

Response to Michael Horton — Are Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Compatible?   NO   In this blog posting I will be responding to Pastor Michael Horton’s chapter in Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism “Are Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Compatible?   NO.” Pastor Michael Horton is a prominent leader among Reformed Christians.  His position is that Eastern Orthodoxy and the Reformed faith are incompatible. Horton divides his essay into two parts: Range of…

Review: Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism

THREE VIEWS ON EASTERN ORTHODOXY AND EVANGELICALISM     General Editor: James J. Stamoolis Contributors: Bradley Nassif, Michael Horton, Vladimir Berzonsky, George Hancock-Stefan, and Edward Rommen Among the more important developments in the Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue is: Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism.  The book was written by authors who are acquainted with each other’s faith traditions and are seeking to discuss the commonalities and differences between two quite different expressions of…

Platonic Dualism in the Reformed Understanding of the Real Presence?

Recently there was a discussion on this site about the Reformed tradition’s understanding of the real presence.  Russ Warren was criticized for his explanation that in the Eucharist we ascend to heaven and there mystically feed on Christ’s body and blood.  He was trying to show how the Reformed tradition doesn’t hold to a memorialist view of the Lord’s Supper but to the more “traditional” understanding of the real presence.  In response…

Top 10 Tips on Conversion Sickness

Or   TEN NEVERS  for Coaching Reformed Calvinists so They Don’t Become Orthodox Christians   (Offered by a facetious Orthodox blogger) The Center for Religious Disease Control (Reformed) has recently determined that “conversion sickness” — Protestant conversions to Eastern Orthodoxy — is a serious and growing problem.  Despite well known and highly respected Reformed pastors and theologians giving talks on: “What is Eastern Orthodoxy?,” interest in Orthodoxy, rather than easing off, has intensified. …

Christ is Risen from the Grave! Trampling Down Death by Death!

  The Orthodox resurrection icon depicts what is known as the harrowing of hell.  It shows our God and Savior in hell setting the captives free.  Where the Western image shows Christ by himself with the angel looking on, the Orthodox icon shows Christ surrounded by people.  The Western depiction has a serenity like the calm after a storm, the Orthodox icon has more of a busy excitement of a military victory…