The Word “Atonement”

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this new video by Theoria videos, Fr. Pat explains why the word Atonement doesn’t appear much in Orthodox theology, and how we should be using it, and not using it.     Atonement

Trampling Down Death By Death: Reflections on the Orthodox Resurrection Service

A Protestant Visits the Orthodox Resurrection Service By Brad Jersak I shall never forget the beauty, wonder and spiritual culture shock the first time I experienced an Orthodox Resurrection service. It was 2006 and my new friend, Archbishop (ret.) Lazar had invited me to join their parish for the midnight service, the traditional Paschal liturgy, proclaiming […]

On the Frequency of Holy Communion

A constant complaint among some in Orthodox parishes is the admonition to avoid Holy Communion for all sort of nonsense excuses. The Church, while always recommending against approaching with presumption, teaches a very different lesson. Holy Communion is the easiest way for beginners in the spiritual life to obtain grace, and to begin gaining momentum in the […]

On Corrective Baptism

Another excellent post from our friend, Fr. John Whiteford in his ‘Stump the Priest’ series. Question: “I am/was a Baptist convert to Orthodoxy, and though it’s been many years (about 20) that I was accepted into Orthodoxy through Chrismation, I have read things in the Rudder, and Canons which state that this was an anathema […]

Consequences of the One Church – Unecumenism

by Fr. Stephen Freeman In thinking through a theological question, I often engage in thought experiments. The Fathers might call it a form of theoria, but I won’t presume that word for myself. But what I do is to make a concerted effort to let go of unexamined assumptions. I look at a different set of assumptions […]

Orthodox Evangelism

By Fr. David Moser The first and most important thing to remember is that we do not bring anyone into the Church – its not our job.  We do not attract people to the faith, we do not convince people of the Truth, we don’t do any of that. God is the One Who attracts […]

Some Final Questions and Answers From YOU!

by Fr. John A. Peck The following questions have been submitted to me privately by email or chat.  Should I read in the morning or evening? Good question – here’s the answer. When do you normally say your prayers? Read the Epistle and Gospel as a part of your rule of prayer? I would try […]

Why Read the Old Testament: The Basics

by Fr. John A. Peck One question that I don’t get often, but do get consistently is, “Why read the entire Old Testament?” In other words, why not skip to the good parts, (the Psalms, Genesis, whatever) and leave the rest? My answer is this is really simple, and not probably what you’d expect. We […]