“Effortless Christianity:” What say you Christ, Peter, James, John, and Paul?

The approach to the faith for many adherents of the Effortless Christianity movement is that of a Zwingli-influenced doctrine of Sola Scriptura; that is, a reliance on Scripture alone combined with a dedicated rejection of Holy Tradition. It is interesting when one claims to be an adherent of both effortless Christianity and the doctrine of…

Journey with Orthodoxy: The Holy Spirit

“Are you Spirit filled?” This was the number one question on everyone’s mind in the charismatic, independent, evangelical churches I grew up in. This was also the question we projected on other groups or people who claimed to be Christian: “are they Spirit filled.” If they weren’t it did not mean they weren’t Christians, it…

Journey with Orthodoxy: The Church (part 3): Liturgy

The trouble with writing my reflections on the Orthodox Church liturgy is that so much of it is taught through experience. If one has not been absorbed in the Orthodox liturgy for quite some time it’s difficult to really say anything about it. Don’t misunderstand, I have plenty of books on the Orthodox Diving Liturgy,…