What To Do With St. Ignatius?

by Theron MathisOf all the saints of the Church, Ignatius maybe had the biggest impact in leading me towards Orthodoxy. Saint Ignatius threw several wrenches into my Protestant Evangelical machinery.After discovering him, I was faced with the question:What do I do with Ignatius?Here’s a brief bio that will explain why he was problematic for me:Ignatius the God-Bearer was a disciple of the holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, and was the second bishop of Antioch, and successor to Bishop Euodius, Apostle of the Seventy. This means that Ignatius knew and was taught by the apostles. He was serving as bishop and was teaching while many … [Read more...]

A Pilgrim’s Podvig: Part Nine

by Fr. John Whiteford Around the time I began digging into Oden’s "Systematic Theology," I received 2 books that Fr. Anthony Nelson had suggested I read if I wanted to understand more about the Orthodox Church: "Orthodox Dogmatic Theology", by Fr. Michael Pomazansky, and “Becoming Orthodox”, by Fr. Peter Gillquist. I was struck by many of the parallels between "Orthodox Dogmatic Theology "and what I was reading in Oden’s books, but I was also struck by some of the differences. I often wrote notes in the margin, and in that book I wrote comments like “No way!” out to the side, that after becoming Orthodox I had to go back and scratch those … [Read more...]