A Christian Sabbath for Souls

A Christian Sabbath for Souls

Before joining the Orthodox Church, I spent around six years as a Calvinist, and more specifically as a Presbyterian. Much of that time was in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), a denomination identifying historically with the Scottish Covenanters. This small denomination is one among the various Presbyterian denominations in the world today […]

Canned Food, Mama, and Me

Canned Food, Mama, and Me

Our family left the Mormon religion in 1983 after my mom had spent three decades as a member (and of my ancestry, nearly a century and-a-half). As a faithful Mormon family, we did all the things we were supposed to do: Sacrament Meeting, Family Home Evening, and even Family Home Storage. For the uninitiated, the […]

Transubstantiation in the Orthodox Church

The Doctrine of Transubstantiation in the Orthodox Church

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 […]

Tractarianism and Anglo-Catholic Identity

Tractarianism and Anglo-Catholic Identity

There is no doubt that the Tractarians . . . recovered a more organic relationship between mystery and life. For, like the Fathers, the Tractarians connected the Christian life and Christian ethics with the mysteries of Christ, present in the Church. Not only was Christ to be regarded as an ideal pattern for imitation but, […]

Martin Luther on Mary as Theotokos

Martin Luther on Mary as Theotokos

Like many other Protestant Reformers, Martin Luther had no problem honoring Mary as the ‘Mother of God.’ Following the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus (A.D. 431), he was adamant that Mary be referred to and honored as the Θεοτοκος or ‘Birth-giver of God’ (also, ‘Mother of God’). The importance of this title is chiefly in its […]

Princess Ileana of Romania and the Spirit of Orthodoxy

Princess Ileana of Romania and the Spirit of Orthodoxy

Born in 1909, Princess Ileana of Romania was a daughter of King Ferdinand of Romania. Interestingly enough, she was also the great-granddaughter of both Queen Victoria and of Czar Alexander II (Emperor of Russia from 1855 to 1881, when he was assassinated). Princess Ileana founded the Asociaţia Ghidelor şi Ghizilor din România (AGGR), which became part of […]

Muhammad’s Covenant to Protect All Christians

Muhammad's Covenant to Protect All Christians

It is a little known fact of history that Muhammad, the founder of the Islamic religion, once sent a letter to the Orthodox Christian monastery of Saint Catherine’s (at the foot of Mount Sinai), vowing to protect its inhabitants as well as all Christians (the Achtiname of Muhammad, ca. AD 628). This decree of the Islamic […]

Harmony and Peace Between Alexandria and Antioch

Harmony and Peace Between Alexandria and Antioch

In the Apostolic Church of the first century and even within the first four decades after the Church began on Pentecost, St Paul had to contend with personality factions devoted to various ecclesiastical leaders – “I am of Paul; I am of Apollos” (1 Cor 3:4). His constant epistolary admonitions to the people of God […]

Was Bob Marley an Orthodox Christian?

Was Bob Marley an Orthodox Christian?

[Thirty two years ago this month] the world lost the man who had been described as the “first Third World superstar”. The Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M. died on 11th May 1981 in a Miami hospital after an 8 month battle with cancer. He was 36. To the masses he was known as Bob Marley […]