Early Church Battle Royale: Alexandria vs. Antioch

Two distinct schools of theology developed in the ancient capital cities of Alexandria and Antioch. Both schools reflected their unique cultural influences in their approach to the Christian faith. Some differences were fairly benign in terms of doctrinal cohesion and overall good relations between the two sees; however, there were some differences that became so…

Was Jesus Sent to Heal Man or to Heal God?: A Look at “Propitiation” vs. “Expiation”

The purpose of this article is to explore in greater depth the Orthodox view of Christ’s atoning work. As a convert from Protestantism I find this topic vital for a proper understanding of the primary differences between the Orthodox faith and its Western counterparts, i.e., Roman Catholicism and the various Protestant faiths. Due to the…

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,…

Journey with Orthodoxy: The Church (part 2): Liturgy

Recently, I was asked by a good friend who has been faithfully reading these long-winded articles to define ‘liturgy.’ Indeed, liturgy is one of those great forgotten words in many church circles today. Sad to say, even with two degrees in theology, I did not have a working knowledge of it prior to my encounter…

Journey with Orthodoxy: Salvation (part 2)

(Continuation from part one) “Eucharistic,” a word that meant basically nothing to me a year ago has become the all embracing concept for understanding the depth of the salvation that Christ provided. Indeed, it has become my means of understanding almost everything about the Christian life, and will probably serve as the basis for most…

Journey with Orthodoxy: Salvation

How on earth does a middle-American, charismatic, Evangelical, non-denominational church-going, ex-Mormon like me find himself drawn to Eastern Orthodoxy? Prior to a couple of years ago I had never so much as met an Orthodox Christian and I certainly could not have given a commentary on Eastern Orthodoxy, except to say that I saw “My…