Response to Theodore – Semi-Pelagianism, Sola Fide, and Theosis

On 22 December 2011, Theodore wrote: #1 — Granting that the Eastern Orthodox Church (“EOC”) has an ancient tradition, and, further, that its pretty rituals contain much sacred meaning, the fact remains that it is — by its own admission — semi-Pelagian, and, as such, teaches a false religion.  Debates about the nature, duration, and content of the service are totally irrelevant when what is presented to the congregation is antithetical to…

March for Life & Great Tradition

  March For Life Monday Monday, January 23 is March for Life Monday.  It is an annual rally in protest of the US Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion in America.  It began in 1974 with an estimated 20,000 in attendance.  Since then March for Life has grown in size over the years to over 200,000 in recent years. March for Life brings together people from the Roman Catholic, Protestant,…

New Apostles or Old Heresy? An Orthodox Perspective on the New Apostolic Reformation

  I was recently asked to help organize a memorial service for a mutual friend.  When I was told that the “Apostle Johnson” would be doing the service, I didn’t know quite what to make of it.  I knew of the Apostle Paul who traveled around the Roman Empire planting churches and writing authoritative epistles that churches were obligated to follow.  The Apostle Peter was the fisherman who made the famous confession:…

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…