45 Baptized in Pointe-Noire, Congo

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On the morning of 24 December 2014, His Grace Panteleimon Bishop of Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon performed the baptisms of forty-five newly enlightened Congolese of all ages, coming from the three Parish Communities in Pointe-Noire, in the outdoor baptistery in the Holy Cathedral Church of St. Dimitrios, which is under construction in the city. Addressing the newly […]

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox: Part 3 of 3

Matt Ferdelman

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, […]

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox: Part 2 of 3

Matt Ferdelman

Part 2 — Why I Deny Penal Substitutionary Atonement by Matt Ferdelman Penal 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 […]

Orthodox Bishop Installs Cross for Peace at the North Pole

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This comes to us from Interfax. Members of the Association of Heroes of the Soviet Union and Heroes of Russia, polar researchers, statesmen, public figures and businessmen arrived at the North Pole on Sunday. The group also included Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar and Mezensk, and Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for Church […]

Why I’m Becoming Orthodox: Part 1 of 3

Matt Ferdelman

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 […]

Hong Kong Student Ordained a Deacon

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December 5, 2014. Metropolitan Ignatius of Khabarovsk and Outer Manchuria ordained Anatoly Kun (Kun Cheun Min), a part time student of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary, as a deacon during the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral on December 5, 2014. The Information Department of the Khabarovsk Diocese has reported that Deacon Anatoly Kun was […]

From Baptist To Orthodox: An Interview With Gabe Martini

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This interview was conducted between two friends—one formerly a Southern Baptist, the other—the interviewer—currently a member of that denomination. Brian Davidson and Gabe Martini both studied at the same Baptist seminary, where the interviewer now works as a Ph.D. candidate. Martini is now an Orthodox Christian, with his own blog on the Orthodox faith. —Gabe, […]

The Great Miracle Given by God Only to the Orthodox Church

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The Ceremony of the Holy Light in Jerusalem: This ceremony takes place in the Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem in such a way that bewilders the soul of the Christians. On Easter Saturday, at noon, the Orthodox Patriarch, or any other Orthodox Archbishop, enters the Holy Sepulchre, recites special prayers and remains waiting. […]

4 Things That Are Not Reasons I Became an Orthodox Christian

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by Ryan Adams There is perhaps nothing which is more painful, and obnoxious, than someone believing that they understand why you believe something that you do.  For anyone who believes anything, this is an understandable problem.  If you believe in God (or god, or spirits, or even just an afterlife) you’re used to the annoying […]

Why Would a Protestant Convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity?

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And this is where it began to get real.