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 […]

A Good, Old Fashioned Gnostic Beatdown

St. Ireneaus of Lyon, terror of gnostics, crusher of heresy by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the second century, Irenaeus, the second bishop of Lyons, explicitly asked-with respect to the eternal Word – “for what purpose did he come down?” ( Against the Heresies 2.14.7). And the answer: “that he might destroy sin, abolish death, […]

Taking or Leaving the Resurrection

by N. T. Wright “You see, the bodily resurrection of Jesus isn’t a take-it-or-leave-it thing, as though some Christians are welcome to believe it and others are welcome not to believe it. Take it away, and the whole picture is totally different. Take it away, and Karl Marx was probably right to accuse Christianity of […]

Jesus of the Housetops

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If we reflected on it more closely, perhaps we would observe something curious, even surprising, in the Gospel stories about Jesus after his Resurrection; namely, what I venture to call a quality of restraint. Except for the wounds in his flesh (Luke; John), the risen Savior appears to his disciples […]

Resurrection in the Old Testament?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When we search for Old Testament evidence that ‘Christ must rise,’ we should be prepared to look at the Hebrew Scriptures through the lens used by the New Testament writers. Simply put, what prophetic passage did they have in mind when they declared, “it was necessary for the Christ to […]

Was The Resurrection Necessary?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon We have reflected that the “passive” idiom of the Lord’s Resurrection was derived from the Apostolic kerygma, in which that event was proclaimed as the climax of God’s interventions in the History of Salvation: ‘After He had performed all His wonders for Israel over the centuries, God raised Jesus.’ Now, […]

Three Things Which Affected Paul’s Understanding of the Resurrection

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Discussing the earliest theology of the Resurrection, we are restricted mainly to the sermons and discourses in the Acts of the Apostles. The theological horizon is broadened considerably, however, when we turn to the Church’s first literary theologian, St. Paul. His epistles, composed over a dozen or so years and […]

Tomb & Temple

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The death of Jesus was no mere appearance; he really died. His soul and body were truly rent asunder. “Jesus cried out again with a loud voice,” wrote Matthew, “and yielded up his spirit” (28:50). It is proper to say, moreover, that Jesus’ body and his soul went in different […]