Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

by Fr. Stephen Freeman For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Cor. 15:3-4) No statement is more central to the Christian faith […]

The Good Turkish Judge

A title reminiscent of ‘The Good Samaritan.’ This was too good not pass along. Enjoy. from the Life of the Elder Ieronymos of Aegina (+1966) Shortly before World War I, a Turk visited Fr. Ieronymos’ humble hermitage. The Turk told the elder that his master, a judge, had sent him to invite the elder to […]

On The Essence And Energies Of God

by Vladimir Lossky The theology of the Eastern Church distinguishes in God the three hypostases, the nature or essence, and the energies. The Son and the Holy Spirit are, so to say, personal processions, the energies natural processions. The energies are inseparable from the nature, and the nature is inseparable from the three Persons. These […]

Frankincense A Cure For Cancer?

by Jeremy Howell Oman’s Land of Frankincense is an 11-hour drive southwards from the capital, Muscat. Most of the journey is through Arabia’s Empty Quarter – hundreds of kilometres of flat, dun-coloured desert. Just when you are starting to think this is the only scenery you will ever see again, the Dhofar mountains appear in […]

What About Slavery In The Bible?

by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “I often hear the argument that the Bible approved of slavery and that either this means that the Bible should be dismissed as having any validity, or that things evolve over time, and so just as we no longer allow slavery, perhaps we should change our views on homosexuality. How […]

Why I’m an Orthodox Christian, Or: How I can Prove the Orthodox Church is the One Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church

From the blog “Pious Fabrications” Eventually I plan to do a fuller post on my “conversion story,” explaining how I “found” the Orthodox Church and the process that led me into it. I don’t have the time right now to do such a post, but nonetheless want to address part of that topic. This is […]

Is Hell Real?

by Fr. Stephen Freeman Because sometimes the people of God need a basic lesson in the nature of existence… On one of the roads leading into my small city a billboard has recently appeared. It is part of a larger campaign by a nationally known evangelist who is to have a revival in Knoxville. The […]

The Grammar Of Prayer

by Robert Arakaki For many Evangelicals prayer is talking to God with the phrase “In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.” added at the end.  The emphasis is on praying sincerely from the heart.  Little thought is given as to what makes for good mature Christian prayer.   In this blog posting I want to discuss how Christian […]