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…

“Just me, my Bible and Jesus.”

“Just me, my Bible and Jesus.” There are at least three false concepts that this popular one-liner implies: 1. The individual believer does not need the Body of Christ. It does not require master level courses in Church History to know that from the beginning “Christians” were only definable as such due to their association…

Is Grace Impersonal?

Is grace impersonal? The question could be rephrased: “is grace something that acts upon me or is it something I act upon, or both? Is it static or is it a living dynamic that evades objective inquiry? The study of grace is interesting in that one cannot help but hit the academic brick wall very…

The Greatest Problem with Christian Teaching Today

The greatest problem with Christian teaching today is the training of the mind independent of the call to action. Even when action is demanded it is demanded is such a way as to validate ones abstract thinking and intentions as the only “action” required. The examples are many but it should suffice to cite one.…

Grace and Works: Why the Confusion?

Often times grace and works are presented as opposites; either one has grace or one has works, but never both for they are mutually exclusive. A famous passage from Romans is usually quoted to demonstrate this dichotomy: “At this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace,…

Grace and Works: Part One

I have been struck for some time with the way Christianity in modern times has dismissed the human body. Meaning that, much of the emphasis today in the preaching and teaching of the gospel is fixed on the issues of the spirit in such as way as to dismiss the importance of the believers life…