Modern Charismatic Movement Similar to Charismaticism in the Early Church?

    by Hal Smith (Guest Contributor) One of the main debates between the modern Charismatic movement and traditional Orthodox Christianity is over which better represents the Christianity of the Apostles’ era. Further, both Orthodox Christians and modern Rationalists see the modern charismatic movement as unreliable in its claims of miracles, because they see those claims as originating in the witnesses’ psychological phenomena, rather than as accurate depictions of material phenomena. Yet…

A Tale of Two Gospels

By Stefan Pavićević. If there’s one thing I really think Protestantism has gotten wrong, it would be the way it treats the Bible.  Now, before I continue, I want to assure the reader that my intention is not to bash Protestants, because I have many friends who are good Christians and Protestants, people I deeply respect and love as my brothers and sisters in Christ.  My point here is not to be…

Book Review: Rock and Sand

Rock and Sand: An Orthodox Appraisal of the Protestant Reformers and Their Teachings (2015) Review by David Rockett When a seminary trained Protestant Pastor writes a book-long critique of Protestantism after converting to become an Orthodox Priest, it makes for interesting reading! However, critiques of theological systems and its primary proponents outside one’s own loyalties are on the surface suspect. Has the critic carefully understood what he proposes to critique? Is he…

The Incarnation Changes Everything

This is a repost of “Bowing Down to a Faceless Idol” (9 April 2012) by Fr. Joseph Gleason.  Fr. Joseph was a Calvinist, then a 5-point Calvinist Anglican, before becoming Orthodox.  He wrote: “I was ordained as an Anglican deacon, and helped start a church, and was the editor of a theological journal as a Calvinist Anglican. It was not until I converted to Orthodoxy that I repented of my Calvinism.“ Before the…

What Do Orthodox Christians Believe about Justification?

A Response to Protestant Criticisms   Today’s posting is by Eric Jobe.  Eric has graciously given permission for his article which originally appeared on Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy to be reposted here.  Source   As Protestant Christians find their way to examining the Orthodox Christian faith, they very often remark about the inconsistency of Orthodox Christianity on the matter of justification by faith, or else they even say that Orthodoxy has no such doctrine…

The Mystery of the Church and My Search for Truth

                    Today’s posting is by Stefan Pavićević.  Welcome Stefan!  Stefan Pavićević was born and raised in the city of Bitola, the Republic of Macedonia (aka FYROM).  He is currently studying engineering and computer science at St. Clement of Ohrid University of Bitola.  He attends the Most Holy Theotokos Orthodox Church  (Црквата Света Богородица).   I was raised in a nominal Eastern Orthodox family. …

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox (3 of 3)

  Part 3    Why I Became Orthodox – I Always Was by Matt Ferdelman   Today’s posting is by Matt Ferdelman.  Welcome Matt!  Matt Ferdelman is a catechumen at St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio. Matt was born into the Pentecostal church where he attended for the first 17 years of his life. In 2008 he began the process of becoming a five-point Calvinist at Apex Community Church…