The Letter of an Orthodox Catechumen to His Beloved Daughter

Ray is an inquirer who made contact with us a little while ago, and we have kept in touch with each other as he made contact with a local parish. This is a letter he wrote to his daughter, who attends a protestant university. His daughter recently wrote him back. He is an Orthodox Catechumen, and due to be brought into the Church in January 2016. by Ray Anthony Iavasile Regarding your first text: the good news is that Jesus, himself, says: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my … [Read more...]

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox: Part 3 of 3

by Matt Ferdelman The further I dive into Orthodox life, doxology, and theology, the more strongly I get the impression I have always done and believed these things and worshipped in this way. Or, at least, I have always attempted to worship in this way. Orthodoxy for me was like a light switch going off, illuminating parts of my faith which had been dark since the beginning. A candle had been lit and burned, but it not yet become a lamp. With a great many topics of Orthodox theology, as I began to study I realized Orthodoxy said what I had been trying to articulate for years. I see in my past clear signs of God’s work to prepare me for … [Read more...]

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox: Part 2 of 3

Part 2 — Why I Deny Penal Substitutionary Atonementby Matt FerdelmanPenal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA) is a theory of how God saves humanity. It seeks to explain (1) what problem God came to solve, (2) how the problem was solved, and (3) to what end goal God saves us. PSA explains that the primary issue facing humanity is the wrath and justice of God. God, being holy and righteous, will punish humanity at the last judgment for their sins by the eternal torments of hell. But God, in his love and mercy, sent Jesus to bear the penalty for our sins on the cross.After a debate with an Orthodox friend of mine concerning Penal Substitutionary … [Read more...]

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox: Part 1 of 3

Part 1 -- Scripture and Tradition by Matt Ferdelman Matt Ferdelman is a catechumen at St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio. Matt was born into the Pentecostal church where he attended for the first 17 years of his life. In 2008 he began the process of becoming a five-point Calvinist at Apex Community Church in Kettering, OH, where he remained until his conversion to Orthodoxy in November 2014. After marrying his wife Erin in 2011, he finished his Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Accountancy at Wright State University in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Matt now works as a CPA in a small accounting firm downtown, … [Read more...]