Why Not “Open Communion”?

from the OCA.org website Especially at the feast of Pascha (Easter) non-Orthodox Christians ask why they may not receive Holy Communion in Orthodox parishes. As painful as this refusal is, it is based on our understanding of the true meaning of the sacrament as revealed in Scripture and ecclesial experience. A few months ago someone […]

Ordination to the Diaconate – A Homily by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

The Primary task of the diaconate is love. The deacon protects the prayer of the priest. The deacon proclaims the Gospel with power and authority, but only if he himself has received the word. Translated by Dcn. Nicholas Parks The ordination of one of the members of a Christian parish to sacerdotal rank is an […]

The Spiritual Pathology of Sola Scriptura

by Fr. John Guy Winfrey I was recently asked by an old friend of mine to address sola scriptura from the stand point of spiritual pathology, or more closely to his words, what does this do to one’s soul and how does one heal that? For decades Orthodox Christians have written about sola scriptura in […]

The Shape of the Lord’s Prayer

by Fr. Sava Medakovic And to everyone who has ever attended one of my Bible studies – see, I was right! In biblical studies there has been a group of scholars who have been looking at the shape or the literary structure of scripture to determine more precisely the author’s intended meaning of scriptural passages. […]

Epistle on Islam and Muslims

Selected from the saint’s letters; sections on Islam and Muslims. by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov  Vainly and erroneously you think and say that virtuous… Muslims will be saved, that is they will join intercourse with God! Vainly you consider the contrary notion a novelty, a brief error! No! Such is the eternal teaching of the true […]

On Infant Baptism – Is it Biblical?

by Robert Arakaki Another exceptionally well written and reasoned piece, from the Reformed-Orthodox bridge. Martin wrote: I have a question. Baptists and Pentecostals say infant baptism is not biblical.  Do we find infant baptisms in the Bible? I heard someone say that this practice started around year 200. Where can I find the earliest teachings […]

The Preacher’s Apologetic Notebook

by Gary Catell, the Willard Preacher This preacher’s notebook has many useful Scriptural references that Gary has accumulated over the years that answer common questions and challenges. Please feel free to use them and create your own preacher’s notebook.     The Preacher’s Apologetic Notebook Share the post “The Preacher’s Apologetic Notebook” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

Did the Early Church Venerate Icons?

from his “Stump the Priest” Series by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “Isn’t the fact that there were controversies over icons well into the 9th century proof that the early Church did not venerate icons?” There were indeed controversies at various times, most notably the Iconoclastic controversies of the 8th and 9th centuries, but these controversies […]