The Original Christian Gospel

a censer and bible

by Fr. James Bernstein It may surprise you to hear that the original Gospel—the Good News preached by Jesus Christ and His disciples—is quite different from what is prominently presented today by the vast majority of Christians in America. For many Christians, hearing this original Gospel will involve a major paradigm shift—a radical change in assumptions about God and about salvation, which is ... More...

When the Holy Spirit REALLY Speaks, What Does He Say?

O_Come_Holy_Spirit

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When our Lord spoke of his coming departure from this world, he described it as an advantage to us. "It is to your advantage (sympherei hymin)," he declared, "that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you" (John 16:7). This declaration is given in response to the Apostles' sense of loss when ... More...

The Arena of Christ’s Soul

Christ warrior

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this article, Fr. Patrick somewhat confirms my idea that spiritual warfare is, in many ways, a war of intelligence (in the military sense). Over the centuries preachers and hymnographers have declared that the shedding of a single drop of Christ's blood---una stilla, wrote St. Thomas Aquinas---would have sufficed for our Redemption. It is important, I believe, to ... More...

Preaching and Worshipping in the Information Society

Gospel book

by Sergei Chapnin  Presentation at the ‘Christianity – Orthodoxy and the media in modern world’ conference. 12–14 May 2014, ThessalonikiThe conference that has gathered us here is without doubt a historical event. In May 2014, representatives of various local Orthodox Churches have met for the first time to share their experience and discuss the problems that the Church encounters while preaching ... More...

The Might of Moral Obligation

Esther Mordecai

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The invisible and extremely mysterious activity of the hidden God in the Book of Esther is profitably contrasted to His clear, open, and miraculous intrusions into history in the Book of Daniel. When, for instance, the Lord intervenes to save His servants in the fiery furnace, there is nothing subtle about it. Even a person as obtuse as Nebuchadnezzar is able to take ... More...