In the Apostle’s Creed (an early Roman baptismal statement of faith) a person confesses belief in “the communion of saints.” While this creed is not widely used in the East, it is important that we understand the communion of saints as a matter of both ontology and incarnation—it is related to the essence or ‘being’ […]
Many evangelical groups today are proposing that we abandon “traditional” models of “being the Church,” and instead replace that stodginess with what is presumably a more “New Testament” model: that of the “house church” or “cell church.” Essentially, they are promoting that the local Church be a de-centralized assembly, meeting in the homes of various individuals, proportionally scattered throughout a city. The presumption is that this is the “Biblical” model for both fellowship and discipleship, being derived from the New Testament itself.
As with the rest of creation, our God is Lord even of quantum mechanics. He created the space-time continuum, and physical barriers or geographical distances are no obstacles for his might. He can transport people (and their prayers) to any location in the universe—instantaneously. In him we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). […]
Listen to this reflection on Ancient Faith Radio. – – – While baptism exorcises sin and the devil from the baptized, the Church of England has exorcised the language of sin and the devil from its baptismal rite. Instead of rejecting “the devil and all rebellion against God” and “repenting of the sins that separate us […]
The ancient Christian practice of fasting on prescribed days and seasons — as the fulfillment of the Jewish fasting periods of the Old Covenant — is one that has been largely abandoned by much of modern Christianity, and especially in the west. While preparation for Christmas in our secular culture is marked chiefly by consumerism, […]
Does the Orthodox Church believe in “transubstantiation” (μετουσίωσις in Greek) with regards to the Eucharist? Or is that only used in the Latin (Roman Catholic) church? There’s certainly a lot of confusion and conflicting information out there, so let’s take a closer look. As a blogger, I can vouch for the necessity of extending grace […]
The Eucharistic liturgy, as described in the Didache or “Teaching of the Twelve Apostles” (ca. AD 50-70), contains prayers over the bread and the wine (mixed with water), which read as follows: We thank you, our Father, for the holy vine of David your servant, which you have revealed to us through Jesus your Child. Glory […]
Are there any sins unconquerable by Christ? Is there any illness that the Great Physician cannot heal? Can death overcome the fountain of immortality? When we consider with whom Jesus chooses to dine (as recorded in the Gospels), we can learn a great deal about the infinite love and mercy of God; that is, so […]