Contra Sola Scriptura (Part 4 of 4)

Protestantism’s Fatal Genetic Flaw:  Sola Scriptura and Protestantism’s Hermeneutical Chaos   During the 1960s a book Double Helix came out that described Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure that made up DNA.  This was a landmark discovery for it enabled scientists to understand how living organisms were able to replicate themselves from generation to generation.  DNA functioned as a unique blueprint for each human being: a set…

On Break

Dear Folks, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  Thank you for making the OrthodoxBridge a great place where people from the Orthodox, Reformed, and other traditions meet and dialogue with each other. The OrthodoxBridge will be taking a break until New Year’s Day.  I will resume posting new materials shortly after that. In the Pipe Line I am currently working on new materials: Contra Sola Scriptura #4 — Protestantism’s Fatal Genetic…

Christmas Reflection – Remembering Our Ancestors

The Sunday before Christmas is known to the Orthodox as the Sunday of the Holy Genealogy.  On this day the Church commemorates the ancestors of Christ from Adam to Joseph the Betrothed.  Christ’s full humanity meant not just that he possessed a human nature but that he had blood relatives, and that he came from a long family line.  One of the shortcomings of modern culture is the tendency to leave the…

Orthodox Christmas — Reflection No. 2

The hymns of the Orthodox church are rich in meaning and symbolism.  Unlike many Protestant churches that have hymnals that the pastor can pick and choose which hymns will be sung this coming Sunday, in Orthodoxy the priest and the church follows the prescribed order of worship down the songs and prayers.  What may seem to be a stifling approach to worship allows Orthodox parishes to draw on the rich liturgical and…

Remembering St. Nicholas, Recovering a Christian Heritage

One of the unexpected blessings of becoming Orthodox is discovering a Christian heritage forgotten in the West.  One example of this is St. Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus.  He is well known in the Orthodox Church.  Every December 6 the Orthodox celebrates the life of St. Nicholas of Myra.  When I was a Protestant Evangelical I was barely aware of the historical St. Nicholas, but soon after I became Orthodox…

Orthodox Christmas — Reflection No. 1

As we are now in the Christmas season I plan to take a more reflective approach over the next several weeks.  Excerpts from the various Orthodox service texts will be posted accompanied by a brief commentary. One of the major sources of Orthodox doctrine are the hymns of the church.  These songs are often biblical commentary put to music or they may commemorate an important event or person in church history. The…

Evangelicals Rediscover Their Family History

On 23 November 2011, Christianity Today published “Our Secret African Heritage” by David Neff.  Neff discusses Thomas Oden’s book about The African Memory of Mark (IVP).  John Mark was born in Libya then migrated to Jerusalem where he became one of Jesus’ earliest followers.  He later became a key evangelist in the early church establishing churches in North Africa, including the Church of Alexandria which continues until today. It is a pleasant…