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...]

From Sola Scriptura to Supernatural Experience to Sacred Church

by Thomas Prologue Since being received into the Church, I have tried to ponder and process the long road we took to become Orthodox. Truthfully, I was not sure I wanted to share our story because, in so many ways, it is similar to hundreds of other stories posted on Journey to Orthodoxy and elsewhere. But looking back, when I recall being unsure about the path upon which I was just starting, Journey to Orthodoxy provided both information and comfort. Peace was found in seeing that there were others who had trod this narrow path to the fullness of the Faith. So, to whomever reads this, know that you are not alone and there are others … [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...]