Cracks in Reformed Iconoclasm?

Dominic Bnonn Tennant, a Reformed Baptist, raised some important questions about Reformed iconoclasm.  In “Are Pictures of Jesus Idolatry?” he notes: Thinking so is an understandably venerable Reformed tradition which strikes me as naive and legalistic on several levels.  Here, I look at the context of the Second Commandment to exegete the limitation of its meaning. The article has two-parts: Part 1: exegesis and Part 2: what were ancient people thinking.  In…

Memories of the North Shore

  The movie Manchester by the Sea has been getting rave reviews.  I saw it partly because of the reviews, but also because I used to live in the adjacent village of Magnolia.  Watching the movie brought back memories of my time at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  The North Shore of Massachusetts is a string of small towns: Salem, Beverly Farms, Beverly, Manchester by the Sea, Magnolia, Gloucester, Annisquam, and Rockport.  Gordon-Conwell is…

Christmas 2016

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!   “He lay in a manger, a child newly born: tiny in body, abject in poverty. But in this Child something great lay hidden, of which these [the three wise men], the first-fruits of the Gentiles, had learned, not from earthly rumor, but from heavenly revelation. Hence they have seen His Star in the East. They announce, yet they ask; they believe, and yet they seek to…

Review – Peter Leithart’s “The End of Protestantism”

An Orthodox Assessment The Rev. Peter Leithart’s The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church is more than an expanded version of his well known article “Too Catholic to be Catholic.”  Leithart has brought a more nuanced and sophisticated level of analysis to his critique of Protestant denominationalism by drawing on social science literature.  He has done more than criticize denominationalism; he has also provided concrete examples that exemplify his vision of…

Evangelicalism Falling to Pieces?

“2016 State of American Theology Study,” a survey sponsored by Ligonier Ministries and carried out by LifeWay Research, gives an intriguing and sometimes disturbing overview of what Americans believe.  Care was taken to ensure that the 3,000 people who took part in the survey reflected the U.S.’s diverse population. The results of the survey have generated considerable discussion among Protestants.  In a recent article in First Things, Matthew Block bemoaned the spread…

An Encounter with the Hawaiian Miraculous Icon

  Recently, there has been an increase in dialogue between Reformed Christians and Orthodox Christians about icons.  Much of it has been of an intellectual nature focused on the Bible and the early church fathers, but what is one to make of miraculous icons?  These pose a different kind of challenge to Christians who are accustomed to using logic and reason in theological debates. I just received this from one of our…

An Invitation

Dear Folks, I received this message from Tudor Petcu, a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. My name is Tudor Petcu, I am a Romaniam writer and I want to post my message here because I wish to invite anyone of you who have chosen the conversion to Orthodoxy to give me his testimony. I am working on a book which contains testiomonies from different Westerns converted to…