How NOT to Do Anti-Orthodox Apologetics

  Towards Better Protestant-Orthodox Dialogue Hank Hanegraaff’s recent conversion to Orthodoxy has stirred up quite a reaction, most notably among Protestants.  It is not surprising that Protestants would criticize Orthodoxy.  However, what is dismaying is the poor logic employed in their critique of Orthodoxy.  Below are some examples of the poor reasoning often found in Protestant critiques of Orthodoxy.  The aim here is not to defend Mr. Hanegraaff, but rather to point…

How The Reformation Continues To Fail

A Reply to Dr. Peter Leithart’s “How the Reformation Failed.” Reverend Leithart writes: The Reformers did not start out with a plan to establish separated churches. Their goal was to reform the entire Latin church. In this they failed…. Some have charged that the Reformers were willing to split the church because they had little interest in visible unity, but that is false. All the Reformers and all Protestant confessions stressed the unity and catholicity…

Comment Policy

Thank you for visiting the OrthodoxBridge! The primary purposes of this blog are: (1) to teach or lay out for Protestants (especially Reformed) with a genuine curiosity or interest in the Orthodox Church, what the Orthodox Church believes, and seeks to preserve and pass on to future generations, and (2) to engage those people in a friendly and helpful dialogue. Comments which seek to understand, engage, and clarify are very welcome, and we encourage your interaction.  However, this is not…

Christ Is Risen!

    Today Hades cried out groaning: “My power has been trampled on; the Shepherd has been crucified, and Adam He raised up.  I have been deprived of those, over whom I ruled; and all those, I had the power to swallow, I have disgorged.  He, Who was crucified has cleared the tombs.  The dominion of Death is no more.”  Glory O Lord, to Your Cross and Your Resurrection. Holy Saturday Morning…

The “Apocrypha” Anticipates Christ’s Passion

  Many Protestants know of Isaiah 53 which predicted Christ’s suffering, but few know of the Wisdom of Solomon which predicted the persecution of Christ by ungodly men. One unexpected blessing of becoming Orthodox has been a larger Old Testament.  Where many Protestant bibles omit the Deuterocanonical books (often referred to as “Apocrypha”), Orthodox bibles include them.  The reason for the inclusion is because the Old Testament used by the Apostles was the Septuagint which…

Hank Hanegraaff Becomes Orthodox

How Should Evangelicals Respond?   On 9 April 2017, Hank Hanegraaff – also known as the “Bible Answer Man” – was received into the Orthodox Church.  His conversion to Orthodoxy surprised many Evangelicals.  Some have reacted negatively.  The blog site Pulpit & Pen posted “The Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, Leaves the Christian Faith?”  In the article, Jeff Maples wrote a very negative assessment: The Orthodox Church is a false expression of…

Guilty of Bibliolatry?

  FROM A READER Recently an inquirer, interested in Orthodoxy, wrote to express his frustrations about a conversation he had with Protestants: The problem that I kept encountering while discussing Orthodoxy with these fundamentalist Protestants is that the center of their faith is a book and not the Incarnate God-man, Jesus Christ. For example, one said: “It’s funny how he keeps trying to point to Christ and talk about how Christ is…