Stump the Priest: Raising Hands at the Liturgy

by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “Is it proper for laymen to raise their hands in prayer during the consecration of the Eucharist and the Lord’s Prayer?” No. Raising hands in prayer is a very ancient practice, and following this practice is private prayer is certainly acceptable. However, even among the clergy, only the presiding clergyman […]

Antiochian Church Adds Preaching Resource

Bravo! We salute the Missions and Evangelism department of the Antiochian Archdiocese for stepping forward to do something distinct, and progressive, to improve homiletics in Orthodox parishes! The Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese has, since its inception, been devoted primarily to the establishment of new mission parishes, and training for […]

Heirs of Salvation: An Answer to Penal Substitution

By Andrew Hopkins A common view of atonement in Protestant theology is substitutionary atonement. This belief has its roots in the writings of some early church fathers, though many would claim it began with the apostles. In this paper we consider one form of substitutionary atonement know as penal substitution. With this view it is […]

Is Speaking in Tongues THE evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

It has become increasingly common for Christians to suppose that the full gospel includes the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Thus the question: Is speaking in tongues the evidence of being baptized by the Holy Spirit? First, as the apostle Paul makes plain, believers are “all baptized by […]

The Continuing Validity of the Moral Law of the Old Testament

by Fr. John Whiteford One of the earliest heresies that the Church had to confront was the Marcionite heresy, which taught that the God of the Old Testament was not the God of the New Testament. The God of the Old Testament was evil, whereas the God of the New Testament was good. Consequently Marcion […]

Priestesses in the Church?

by C.S. Lewis “I should like Balls infinitely better,” said Caroline Bingley, “if they were carried on in a different manner … It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing made the order of the day.” “Much more rational, I dare say,” replied her brother, “but it would not be near […]

“What is the Best Teacher?” Wise Words from a Monk on Mt. Athos

The words of Monk Simeon of Athos. Wisdom. Which teacher is the best? Suffering. Which teacher is the worst? Pleasure. What is the most rare skill? Ability to give. What is the best skill? The ability to forgive. What is the most difficult skill? The ability to keep quiet. What is the most important skill? The […]

On Homiletics

by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov The first video lecture in a series of videos to come thanks to the Pastoral Resources Program. In this lecture, Fr. Valery speaks on homiletics, the impact it can have on the souls of parishioners, as well as how we can cultivate this spiritual practice in an effective and edifying way. […]