The Cross: A Sign for All Christians

Originally titled: Should Protestants Make the Sign of the Cross? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson by Robert Arakaki In a 30 December 2012 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked what he thought about Protestants crossing themselves.  Apparently, this question was asked because growing numbers of Protestants have started crossing themselves.  In short, Pastor Wilson’s answer […]

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 […]

Jurassic Park & the Protestant Quest for the Early Church: Part 3

by Robert Arakaki GMO Churches? Robert Webber’s ancient-future worship movement and Peter Leithart’s reformational-catholicism are examples of a GMO churches.  “GMO” refers to “genetically modified organism.”  Like the Jurassic Park scientists working to re-create dinosaurs, contemporary theologians and pastors are seeking to re-create the ancient Church based on their research.  Their motives may be sincere but […]

Jurassic Park & the Protestant Quest for the Early Church: Part 2

by Robert Arakaki The Lost World Scenario An alternative scenario can be found in another book written by Michael Crichton, The Lost World. “No, no,” Levine said earnestly.  “I’m quite serious.  What if the dinosaurs did not become extinct?  What if they still exist?  Somewhere in an isolated spot on the planet.” (Lost World p. 5) The Protestant view of […]

Jurassic Park & the Protestant Quest for the Early Church: Part 1

by Robert Arakaki In the movie Jurassic Park is an unforgettable scene where a group of humans see living breathing dinosaurs towering over them, munching on leaves on the tree tops.  The dinosaurs were the product of careful biological engineering.  Scientists extracted DNA from dinosaur fossils, reconstructed the original DNA strand, inserted the reconstructed DNA into egg […]

Tertullian’s Refutation of “The Fall of the Church” Heresy

by Robert Arakaki I must say Robert is becoming one of my favorite authors. A lot of people love to skim and quote the fathers and early Church writings, few actually read them thoroughly. Enjoy another hit from Robert Arakaki. The “fall of the church” heresy is widely held among Protestants but not unique to […]

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 […]

The Eternal Liturgy vs. Contemporary Worship

by Robert Arakaki This superb article by Robert Arakaki is an excellent treatment of worship as understood by Christians – and these days, maybe ONLY by Orthodox Christians.  Within the past few decades, a new form of worship has become widely popular among Christians.  Where before people would sing hymns accompanied by an organ, then […]