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...]

The Most Important Thing that Protestants Receive in Orthodoxy

An interview with Fr. Igor Zyryanov by Fr. George Maximov From our good friends at Pravoslavie.ru, the guest of today’s program is Priest Igor Zyryanov. He started his journey to God in his early youth, but initially this path led him past the Church. He was a Protestant for 18 years, 12 of which he was a pastor of a Pentecostal community and an active missionary. Several years ago, he and his community converted to Orthodoxy. We will also learn what makes it difficult for Protestants to understand the essence of the Orthodox doctrine and how to overcome these difficulties. Besides this, we will discuss the comprehensiveness of Orthodox … [Read more...]

Called To Orthodoxy

A former Pentecostal minister and Independent Old Catholic Priest’s conversion story to the Orthodox faith. by Sherie Mercier Where do I begin? I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, on the shores of SW Lake Michigan – across the lake from Chicago, 61 years ago. My parents were not very religious, in fact, they attended a Methodist church in my hometown. The pastor was a medical doctor and eventually left the active ministry and set up shop as a General Family practitioner. My parents stopped attending church and after that I never remember them ever stepping into a church at all, even to this day. My mother is deceased but my … [Read more...]

The End of the Charismatic Line

How close are you to the end of the charismatic line?  by Fr. Michael Gillis One of my parishioners told me last week that a relative of hers is looking into Orthodox Christianity. When I asked her why she was looking, the answer surprised me. She said that her aunt is beginning to read about Orthodox Christianity because, as she put it, “she had rode the Charismatic bus to the end of the line.” I think I know what she means. In my Protestant days, I was a Baptist Charismatic with Word of Faith influence, a Four Square Pentecostal, and a close friend of the Vineyard Christian fellowship. I even did a couple of years stint in YWAM. I … [Read more...]