Discipleship: Orthodox & Protestant

by Robert Arakaki & ‘Nicodemus’ Introduction While it is true that compared to broader Evangelicalism, neither Orthodox nor Reformed traditions have been known to be champions for Discipleship programs, both are bound to the Great Commission mandate to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). So the subject of Discipleship offers an excellent opportunity to highlight some similarities and differences between the two traditions. But what is a Disciple of Christ? What does…

Do Protestants Take the Incarnation Seriously?

On November 4th, Russ Warren wrote a “short” comment in response to my posting “Icons and the Veneration of the Saints” that raised a number of interesting points.  Rather than bury it in the comments section I decided to turn my responses into a separate blog posting.  Russ Warren’s comments are italicized. Re. Do Protestants Take the Incarnation Seriously?   I do get tired, and please forgive my audacity here, of hearing…

Early Evidence for the Veneration of the Saints

  On November 2nd, John the “Lurker” wrote a brief comment noting that it was incumbent on both the Orthodox and the Reformed Christians to present evidence in support of their respective positions.  Given the brevity of his comment, I will be presenting John’s comment in italics with my responses following.   If Wesley needs to “how the Protestant soli deo gloria is not a theological novelty but part of the historic…

Icons and the Veneration of Saints

Wesley and Kevin made a number of comments that I thought were thoughtful and substantive.  Rather than bury my response in the comments I decided to post them in this blog posting.  I’ve expanded my defense of the veneration of icons by discussing the different ontologies between the Reformed and Orthodox traditions and a discussion of the Protestant principle of soli deo gloria (to God alone be the glory).   No Depicting of…

Where’s the Beauty? The Absence of Art in Reformed Theology

The Tipsy Teetotaler in a recent blog posting “Calvinist Concessions galore” featured Fuller Seminary professor William Dyrness‘ comments about the relation of arts to Reformed theology.  One striking feature of Reformed Christianity is its puritanical austerity, especially with respect to the visual arts.  That is why stained glass images like the one featured here are so striking.  (Actually, it’s in the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington D.C.)  So rarely are…

Orthodox Teenager Rebuts Pastor Doug Wilson

KabaneTheChristian, aka Tommy Hamilton, refutes Pastor Doug Wilson’s 13 June 2011 podcast: “Is the Orthodox Church the Only True Church?” Kabane’s rebuttal is remarkable in light of the fact that he has done his research and carefully thought through the issues.  Kabane is a young Orthodox apologist in more ways than one.  He is apparently still in high school, and he converted to Orthodoxy about two years ago.  What is striking about…

Book Review: The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity

The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity.   By W. Bradford Littlejohn In recent years there has been a growing interest in Mercersburg Theology among young Reformed scholars.  Why the interest in a “dinky little German seminary, and its two underpaid and unrenowned teachers”? (p. 170)  The answer lies in the growing pained awareness of modern Protestantism’s dysfunctional and fractured state.  W. Bradford Littlejohn found in Mercersburg Theology a corrective…