Confessions of a Doubter: Did the Mother of God Enter the Temple?

by Dcn George Maximov Another excellent gem from Dcn George, who is becoming a favorite writer of mine. A friend once told me about an article on one religious website on the feast of the Entrance of the Most Pure Theotokos into the Temple. The article essentially stated that there was no entrance into 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 […]

Take up and Read!

To take up and read, in order to hear in Scripture God’s Word for us today, is to open both heart and mind to God in prayer. by Fr. John Breck Orthodox Christians have always known theirs to be a “biblical Church.” The Bible play a key role in virtually every aspect of our life, […]

What Peter and Paul Tell Us About These Days

Take heed.  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12     Share the post “What Peter […]

How to Read the Bible: Part 5

by Fr. Thomas Hopko There has to be some kind of a seeking, some kind of a praying, and some kind of a practicing as you go, because if we are reading and not putting into practice what is clearly stated, that we can understand, well, we’re not going to get very far, and we’re […]

How to Read the Bible: Part 4

by Fr. Thomas Hopko Probably the best thing, at least in the New Testament, that a person could do, is learn a little Greek—at least learn the alphabet, learn how to read the words—get an inter-linear, and while reading the texts, go to the inter-linear and just see what it literally is saying. Sometimes it […]

How to Read the Bible: Part 3

by Fr. Thomas Hopko So people do have this question: How do we do that? How do we read it? How do we understand it? How do we use it? What should we do? What kind of concrete advice can you give us? So what I’d like to do right now is just to give […]

How to Read the Bible: Part 2

by Fr. Thomas Hopko Then I remember sentences like St. Tikhon of Zadonsk in Russia, who on his desk when he was writing his books had only really two books: the Bible and a commentary of some parts of the Bible by St. John Chrysostom. Everything is there in the holy Scripture. [It was] St. […]