Book Review: Re-Introducing Christianity

  Orthodox Apologetics for the 21st Century Christian apologetics involves two tasks: (1) presenting the Good News of Christ in a way understandable to the audience at hand and (2) defending the Good News of Christ in a way that addresses the questions and objections that listeners may have.  Apologetics involves a high level of communication.  It is not a form of debate, but rather an attempt to speak to the listener’s intellectual…

Protestant Reformation in the Old Testament?

A response to Anastasiya Gutnik’s comment 24 June 2016: From Anastasiya: What do you think of Josiah?  In his time the worship of God was corrupt.  So much so that the law was literally a musty, dusty old book found hidden away in the temple.  Upon rediscovering the law Josiah launched a reformation destroying the idols and the altars upon which idolatry was practiced. Does this mean there were none of God’s…

Pentecost and the Promise of God Fulfilled

This article is a reposting of an article published on 29 May 2012. The Orthodox Church celebrates Pentecost as the fulfillment of Christ’s promise that the Father would send the Holy Spirit to His Church to lead Her into all Truth. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I…

Getting to Know Your Church Fathers

  One reason why many Protestants today bought the notion that the early Church Fathers were theological infants is their ignorance of church history.  The best remedy for that is getting to know the Church Fathers by actually reading their writings.  The early Church Fathers are the heritage of all Christians, regardless of denomination.  One way Reformed Christians, Evangelicals, and Orthodox Christians can deepen fellowship with each other is by exploring their…

The Early Church Fathers: Babies or Giants?

I recently received an inquiry from someone with a Reformed background.  He brought to my attention that a certain Protestant pastor is said to have claimed that the early Church Fathers were “church babies.”  I have not been able to verify whether or not this pastor actually made that remark but I felt that the question deserved a good answer.  This reader has also been in conversation with friends who are interested in…

“My Wife is Absolutely Opposed”

Recently, Father Evan Armatas was fielding telephone calls on Orthodoxy Live when one listener called in with a particularly vexing dilemma. The caller wants to become Orthodox, but his wife is dead set against the move. Father Evan gave some really good answers — answers that may surprise some listeners. Brian from Cincinnati asked: I have a difficult life situation. I thought maybe you could give me some words of wisdom. You’re…

Jesus Christ the Grave Robber

  Quite often on the way up to receive Holy Communion, I stop and venerate the tapestry icon that shows Christ’s body “lying in state,” surrounded by the Virgin Mary, the Apostle John, and the angels.  Unlike painted icons of Christ hanging vertically on walls, this woven icon is placed on a covered table called in Greek epitaphios. During the Holy Friday night service the epitaphios is taken outside and processed around the church building much…