Dormition in Sargodha, Pakistan

by Matushka Sophia Lubna Joseph This Feast has become a very popular tradition in the parish of St. Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, Pakistan for last 3 years! With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on Sunday August 27, 2017, the solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. On this feast with the blessings of Vladyka Hilarion ruling bishop of Pakistan, Father Joseph and parishioners of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, cordially invited Father Paul, Graduate from Tomsk Theological Seminary, and a … [Read more...]

Why People Convert to Orthodoxy

  by Robert Arakaki On 30 December 2013, W. Bradford Littlejohn published “The Search for Authority and the Fear of Difference” in The Sword and the Ploughshare. He began by noting how he learned second hand (??) about a longtime Reformed Christian who decided to convert to Eastern Orthodoxy because “he needed someone to submit to” (quotation marks in the original text). It struck me that among the many evangelicals and Reformed folks converting to Rome or Orthodoxy, this was a common story. “We Protestants, we’re so divided, we’re so individualistic, we have no sense of authority, we have to make up our own minds about everything … [Read more...]

The Bible Answer Man and Theosis

Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man on Orthodoxy. The Bible Answer Man recently answered a question about Eastern Orthodoxy and Theosis, and answered it beautifully, I thought.      Source   The Bible Answer Man and Theosis … [Read more...]

Met. Joseph Commemorates 30th Anniversary of EOC Reception into Antiochian Archdiocese

Beloved in Christ, We greet you with great joy as we embark upon this new Lenten journey which lies ahead. Before us lies a strenuous path leading to the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. May your journey be blessed! This year marks the 30th anniversary of an important event in the life of our Archdiocese. I do not want to let this event pass without remembering and giving thanks to God for it. Beginning in early 1987, over two-thousand members of the former Evangelical Orthodox Church were received with open arms into the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. Over the course of several … [Read more...]