“I Need to Know the Real Thought of God, Not My Own Personal Opinion”

by St. Nicholas of Japan Sometimes Japanese protestants come to me and ask me to clarify some place in the Holy Scriptures. “You have your own missionary teachers,” I tell them, “Go ask them. What do they say?” “We have asked them. They say: understand as you know how. But I need to know the […]

Why the Seder?

Part three of our republishing of ‘The Contemporary Protestant Seder: Anachronistic Revisionism?’ by the Rev. Dr. Dcn. Timothy J. Wilkinson Why the Seder? Given the clear linkage between the Passover, the Seder meal, and the Eucharist – and the apparent lack of understanding of, or interest in this linkage – motives for participation in the Seder meal […]

The Early Church, the Seder and the Eucharist

Part two of our republishing of ‘The Contemporary Protestant Seder: Anachronistic Revisionism?’ by the Rev. Dr. Dcn. Timothy J. Wilkinson.  The Early Church, the Seder and the Eucharist What kind of meal was the Last Supper? At first blush it appears to be a Passover meal imbued with new meaning. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus specifically […]

The Contemporary Protestant Seder: Anachronistic Revisionism?

by the Rev. Dcn. Dr. Timothy J. Wilkinson The protestant Evangelical world has, for many years now, appropriated the Jewish Seder service in an attempt to ‘reconnect’ with something more ancient, and I would contend, something more authentic. We offer this excellent piece by Dcn Tim Wilkinson, Reprinted (with permission) from Logos: A Journal of […]

Is the Veneration of the Cross Idolatry?

by Fr. John Whiteford Another grand slam from the Bible – from Fr. John’s “Stump the Priest” column Question: How would you answer a Protestant who considered our veneration of the Cross (bowing down before it and kissing it) to be idolatry? First we should consider whether or not bowing down before something or kissing […]

Protestant Reformers on the Ever-Virginity of Mary

from Orthodoxwiki.org Though the Orthodox Church does not follow the teachings of the Protestant Reformers, their views regarding the Theotokos’s ever-virginity are a point of commonality with Orthodoxy. Many of the major figures amongst the Protestant fathers in the faith believed in the Theotokos’s ever-virginity. John Calvin: He says that she [Mary of Cleophas] was […]

The Social Media Revolution

by Terry Mattingly As we are well into our 30(40) Days of Blogging, I feel this article by Terry Mattingly (tmatt.net) is especially important. For years, I have suggested that specific and intentional blogging can make one a better preacher. I’ve also suggested, sometimes firmly, to any bishop interested in listening pretty much what is […]