High Church Calvinism: Out on a Theological Limb?

    The Reformed tradition is evolving in interesting directions as people seek to recover the historic and liturgical church. Two recent blog postings highlight this trend.     “Refutation of Reformed Catholicism”  TsarLazar.com  (6 April 2012) The article is a critique and rebuttal of Philip Schaff’s attempt to integrate the Reformed tradition with the early church by means of a Hegelian synthesis.  “Tsar Lazar” is an anonymous writer who belongs to…

Happy Western Easter!

Easter Greetings to our Western Christian friends! The OrthodoxBridge is taking a brief break to give both sides the opportunity to focus our attention on our God and Savior Jesus Christ, to remember his dying on the Cross and his glorious third day Resurrection. This year Western and Eastern churches are celebrating Easter on different Sundays.  If you are wondering about the reasons for this, I found the following sites below helpful.…

Response No. 3 to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s "What is Eastern Orthodoxy?"

Response to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s “What is Eastern Orthodoxy?” — Trinity Talk Interview No. 3 (30 November 2009) In this blog posting I will be  responding to Pastor Wedgeworth’s November 30 Trinity Talk presentation.  This review will be structured along the lines of topics than chronology.  Given the large number of topics covered, I have grouped them into five broad categories: (1) why people are converting to Orthodoxy, (2) anti-Augustinianism, (3) Orthodoxy…

Response No. 2 to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s "What is Eastern Orthodoxy?"

Response to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s “What is Eastern Orthodoxy?” — Trinity Talk Interview No. 2 (16 November 2009) Trinity Talk, an Internet radio blog, did a three part series with Pastor Steven Wedgeworth on the Eastern Orthodox Church.  The interviews took place on November 2, 16, and 30, 2009.  In this blog posting I will be  responding to Pastor Wedgeworth’s November 16 presentation.  This review will be structured along the lines of…

Response No. 1 to Steven Wedgeworth "What is Eastern Orthodoxy?"

 Pastor Steven Wedgeworth — Trinity Talk No. 1  (2 November 2009)   Trinity Talk, an Internet radio blog, did a three part series with Pastor Steven Wedgeworth on the Eastern Orthodox Church.  The interviews took place on November 2, 16, and 30, 2009.  Trinity Talk is a creedal podcast by Uri Brito and Jarrod Richey.  Wedgeworth is interim pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church (CREC) in Clinton, Mississippi. First time listeners should be…

Response to Robin Phillips — "Are Calvinists Also Among the Gnostics?"

On 29 March 2011, Robin Phillips posted an intriguing and disturbing article, “Are Calvinists Also Among the Gnostics?” in which he discussed the tendency to Gnosticism in Reformed theology.  More recently in December 2011, he posted, “A Critical Absence of the Divine: How a ‘Zero-Sum’ Theology Destroys Sacred Space” in which he discussed how this Gnostic tendency has impacted Reformed worship and church architecture.   This is not just Phillips’ own interpretation…