Another Anglican’s Journey to Orthodoxy

by Cecilia Dickson My first encounter with Christianity came at a very early age. I was very damaged at birth and not expected to live, so was given emergency Baptism. My earliest recollection is of the (CofE) parish Sunday school. I remember having little stools to sit on and of the walls being covered with posters showing Our Lord dressed like a present day Arab, and with lambs everywhere. I cannot remember the names of the teachers or anything about what they taught. I must have been very young because I was only three-and-a-half when war broke out and after this I was sent to the Baptist Sunday School because it was only across the … [Read more...]

On Spiritual Deception

by Fr. Dcn. Charles Joiner The author of the Orthodox Way of Life blog, Fr. Dcn. Charles tells it like it is. Having recently discovered that throughout much of my Christian life I was involved with "spiritual deception," I find it necessary now to seek ways to fully understand and totally reject this error. My deception began with a well meaning pastor at the United Methodist Church where I grew up. I asked him, "Why are there so many different religions? How can we say that the Christian way the the best way?" His answer was, "There are many paths to God. Ours is the most direct and easiest path." He did not know how to … [Read more...]

Expiation, Blood and Atonement

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine, and archpriest of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL, Fr. Patrick is, perhaps, the most erudite writer in the Orthodox Church in North America today. This article, one of his Pastoral Ponderings, was published by Orthodoxtoday.org. Among the biblical concepts supporting St. Paul’s theology of atonement, one of the most important, surely, is that of expiation. What does the Apostle mean when he writes, “God set forth [Jesus Christ] as the expiatory in His blood” (Romans 3:25)? Although this is the only time St. Paul uses the noun hilasterion, I … [Read more...]

The Triumph Of The Church

By St. John Chrysostom St. John was the Archbishop of Constantinople during the fourth century. He was fearless when denouncing sin in high places, and was a prolific writer, and bold preacher, unafraid to hit the topical issues of the day squarely between the eyes with all the subtlety of a ball peen hammer. His last words were “Glory to God for all things!” How does one prove that Christ is God? We should not try to answer this question by using the argument of the creation of heaven and earth, because the unbeliever will not accept it. If we tell him that He raised the dead, healed the blind, … [Read more...]