Utah Mormons, Protestants Finding New Spiritual Home in Ancient Orthodox Church

by Bob Mims Utah Mormons and Protestants are rediscovering a reverence for God by converting to Orthodoxy. It shook the fundamentalist Christian world to its roots: Hank Hanegraaff, the darling of evangelicals as host of the long-running, nationally syndicated "Bible Answer Man" broadcast, had joined the Greek Orthodox Church. Hanegraaff, for nearly 30 years president of the Christian Research Institute, an evangelical apologetics ministry, also has written 20 books opposing purported cults and heresies and non-Christian faiths. If ever evangelicals had a doctrinal superhero, Hanegraaff was he. But on Palm Sunday, in a video released via … [Read more...]

When Spontaneity Goes Stale

by Zachary (Zecchaeus) Jensen As a child I lived in four states and moved from one side of the country to the other. The high school that I graduated from was a small Christian school in Illinois. The church connected to it was becoming more and more "reformed Protestant" as time went on, which affected my path a great deal. I pursued the "reformed" tradition mostly out of rebellion to the "charismatic" Protestant evangelicalism that my parents had embraced and which I could very easily see the flaws in. After graduating high school I attended a year long program which my church at that time participated in, known as Masters … [Read more...]

Leap of Faith: My Journey to Eastern Orthodoxy; Part Two

by Robert Hammond Looking East Was there a pillar and ground of truth beyond man-made organizations and belief systems? Searching online for mystical Christianity, I stumbled across a series of videos by Ted Nottingham, a former pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who had converted to the Orthodox Church. His videos on Original Christianity pointed toward the ancient traditions of the Christian faith, the mystic monks of Mount Athos, and the Jesus Prayer. He talked about Eastern Orthodox spirituality as the unbroken link with Christ and the Apostles. Could this really be the original Christianity I was seeking? In all … [Read more...]

Leap of Faith: My Journey to Eastern Orthodoxy; Part One

by Robert Hammond Protesting Protestantism "Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God, who died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day?" The Reverend’s voice echoed against the tile baptistery. The water was cold. "Yes," my meek reply. "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit." The Reverend's voice disappeared as I sank beneath a sea of pain. The water entered my nostrils and I gagged. I choked. Coughed. Gasped for air. Washed in the water of life. Surrendered to the eternal. Dead and buried with Christ. Yes, I did believe, but... So many questions yet … [Read more...]