The Gospel meets the Prosperity Gospel

by St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. 106 AD) From Syria even unto Rome I fight with beasts, both by land and sea, both by night and day, being bound to ten leopards, I mean a band of soldiers, who, even when they receive benefits, show themselves all the worse. But I am the more instructed […]

The Necessary Gospel in the Old Testament

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon We, as Christians, must learn the Gospel; all of it. When the New Testament uses the expression “Scriptures,” it normally refers to the Old Testament. The earliest Christian preaching appealed to that body of literature as a necessary component in the Gospel itself. For example, in the Church’s first recorded […]

Restoring The Resurrection Gospel To The Orthodox Parish

by Fr. John A. Peck When we prepare to preach the Gospel, the Orthodox priest is almost certainly hogtied by one weakness – the Orthodox lectionary calls for the Resurrectional Gospels to NOT be read during Sunday Divine Liturgy, the only service most of his parishioners are going to attend. The problem, of course (for […]

“A Radical Appropriation Of The Gospel”

Bill Hinkle recently interviewed Fr. Hans Jacobse his program on OCN. Fr. Hans is the creator of the award winning site,, which is one of the top 1000 Christian websites on the internet (no small feat). He has been a priest for twenty years. Born in Holland, he has a B.A. from the University […]

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 Corinthians 15:3-4) No statement is more central to the Christian […]

Cutting Off Access To The Gospel

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Although the Apostle Peter enthusiastically confessed the identity of Jesus, he was much slower in accepting the message of the Cross. In fact, when Jesus first spoke of his coming Passion, Peter’s immediate response was, “Far be it from you, Lord; this shall not happen to you!” So Jesus, having […]

The Fatherly Lessons of St. Joseph

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The moment of the Incarnation was not static. To be a living human being is not a static thing. Strictly speaking, the doctrine of the Incarnation does not refer simply to a state, but to a full human life. The Word became a specific human being. This is why St. […]

Matthew’s Portrait

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Edgar Allen Poe, in his penetrating review of Bleak House, remarked that no reader can comprehend the real wealth of that work in a single reading. Numerous shades of nuance, Poe explained, and dozens of subtle connections were woven so deeply into the fabric of Bleak House that their presence […]