Visual Heresy – An Evangelical on the Iconography of God the Father

Visual Heresy

This article was originally published on the Orthodox Arts Journal. My priest recently sent me a link to a talk (posted below) given by Matthew J. Milliner, an assistant professor of art history at Wheaton College, which was quite astounding to me.  The talk tackles two subjects quite adroitly, two subjects, which Orthodox thinkers have addressed for […]

The Pagan Origins of Christmas Trees

The Pagan Origins of Christmas Trees

Nativity or Advent is a season for many wonderful things, but it’s also an opportunity for the anti-religious to hurl rhetoric against the Church. Ranging from offensive to ridiculous, these claims are perpetuated by a lack of research, unsubstantiated assertions, internet memes, repeated half-truths or myths, and even a passionate hatred that blinds one to […]

Our Prayers Arise as Incense

Our Prayers Arise as Incense

Since the very beginning, the right worship of God has always involved incense. From before Israel’s foundations, to the ministry of the temple, to the earliest days of the apostolic Church, incense has continued to be an important, prophetic, and transformative aspect of our heavenly worship. It’s is important to worship because incense is a […]

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 […]

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons?

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons?

Part One Introduction Steven Wedgeworth, Assistant Pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Clinton, Mississippi, has recently written a post at The Calvinist International against the Christian use of icons. In this post, he proposes to “counter-balance” the evidence in favor of icons and their veneration with evidence to the contrary. The reason, as he puts […]

Why You Shouldn’t Convert to Orthodoxy

Why You Shouldn't Convert to Orthodoxy

After five years or so in the Orthodox Church, I’ve seen a lot of friends and acquaintances come home to the apostolic faith. And yet, not all of these journeys have worked out. Some have even ended in apostasy. Why does this happen? Shortly after the beginning of our own catechumenate as a family, we saw friends—and their […]