The Keys of the Kingdom – Who Knew?

by St. John Chrysostom We often hear among apologists about who holds the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. I thought I’d share some of the writings of our father among the saints, the Goldenmouth, John Chrysostom! “For the son of thunder, the beloved of Christ, the pillar of the Churches throughout the world, who […]

The Spiritual Pathology of Sola Scriptura

by Fr. John Guy Winfrey I was recently asked by an old friend of mine to address sola scriptura from the stand point of spiritual pathology, or more closely to his words, what does this do to one’s soul and how does one heal that? For decades Orthodox Christians have written about sola scriptura in […]

Ecumenism and the Agony of the Church

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich St. Nikolai’s attitude toward ecumenism is shown by his participation, as an Orthodox bishop and theologian, in the ecumenical meetings and dialogues between the two World Wars, and later he was present, as the accredited visitor, at the meeting of the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954. Bishop […]

A Sharp Dressed Man

by Fr. John Moses You’ve heard it said that “clothes make the man.” If that is true then I am an unmade man. Fashion and I have never been friends although there have been times when I tried to warm up to it. In the past, I have enjoyed the feel of new and well […]

There Is Only One Church

by Elder Sophrony of Essex Forgive me; perhaps all this is superfluous. At this point, though, I would like to say a little about the fact that at the present time a significant part of the Christian world tends to accept one of the most dangerous heresies. What it consists of is people saying that […]

To the Preacher: K.I.S.S.

by Fr. Lawrence Farley For the Orthodox priest, preaching is a fearful responsibility: the Holy Gospel has just been solemnly chanted in Church, and the assembled people of God have greeted the Lord in their midst with the words, “Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!” Then, as if he has something to add […]

On Struggle

by Elder Nektary of Optina Monastery You want to learn love for God? Begin! I place before your attention the teachings of the Fathers about this: ‘Do you want to learn love for God? Withdraw from every deed, word, thought and sensation forbidden by the Gospels. By your enmity toward sin, which is so hateful […]

The Shape of the Lord’s Prayer

by Fr. Sava Medakovic And to everyone who has ever attended one of my Bible studies – see, I was right! In biblical studies there has been a group of scholars who have been looking at the shape or the literary structure of scripture to determine more precisely the author’s intended meaning of scriptural passages. […]