Protestant Church Worker goes “East”

I never would have imagined that I would be Eastern Orthodox. Like many Christians in America, I didn’t know much about Eastern Orthodoxy for most of my life... by Jeff & Patti Morrison Even as a history major, Orthodoxy was taught in a very limited fashion. I knew there were Catholics—I was baptized in that church, and grew up Catholic for about 7 years. And I knew there were Protestants and that there were thousands of types of them. I knew I struggled with the lack of unity in the Church, and all the denominations, and everyone saying they based their doctrines on the Bible— “I stand alone on the Word of God” …and yet there … [Read more...]

The Thirsty Pilgrim’s Journey

by Joshua Garrett From the blogGarrett blog, the story of one man's journey from Oral Roberts University into the Orthodox faith. I hesitate in writing this because my journey is not over, and in many ways it is only beginning.  But my family’s conversion to Orthodox Christianity has puzzled many friends and family members.  Few know what to make of it.  I am not sure I know what to make of it yet.  But over the past several months many people have asked me about my story.  Often I make it quick, just hitting the highlights, but not addressing the core issues.  These issues often are perceived as divisive and usually ought not be … [Read more...]

My Road To Eastern Orthodoxy

by Nikolai Venter I had been born into a well-known Protestant Sabbatarian sect. My grand father had been one of that Church’s foremost Evangelists of the early twentieth century in South Africa, and my father was a Pastor, Church Administrator, Editor, and Translator for them in Cape Town, South Africa. I attended church owned schools, and all my friends were in that church. I lived in a narrow world, and we were warned not to associate with people “in the world”; because that would corrupt us and we would fall away from Jesus, and be “lost”. In 1998, the Internet entered my life, and my world perspective was radically … [Read more...]

Why I Left Evangelicalism for Orthodoxy

by Trevon Wax Theron Mathis is an unassuming, soft-spoken man in his thirties with a winsome manner and a pleasant smile. His story begins in the buckle of the Bible belt. Both he and his wife grew up in a conservative Baptist churches, his wife’s being Landmarkist in theology (meaning it holds the belief that the Baptist Church is the only true church.) He attended college at Liberty University, a hub for Christianity that leans right both theologically and politically. He attended two Southern Baptist seminaries (Southeastern and Southern) in the late 1990’s, and at one point, felt called to be a Baptist preacher. … [Read more...]