Why Orthodoxy? Part 2

History of the Ignored

As I mentioned in my previous post, I heard from reading church history books that there was something called the Orthodox Church.  I didn’t have much interest in it though as many books passed it off as being insignificant, very ethnic (Greek, Russian, etc), and somewhat Roman Catholic.

As far as I know, the Orthodox Church never fought any great wars, never led crusades (in fact, they were the victims of one Continue reading Why Orthodoxy? Part 2

When the Divine crashes into your story

“And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain…” (Mat 5,1)

I’ve read over that passage perhaps hundreds of times and never realized the significance of it.  Matthew is trying to grab our attention with this “up on a mountain” phrase.  He knew this is where our story meets that of the divine.

Up on a Mountain

When Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, an angel of the Lord entered human history and changed its course.  Where did this happen? Up on a mountain.

When Moses was sitting around with a bunch of sheep, probably feeling his life was pointless Continue reading When the Divine crashes into your story

Why Orthodoxy? Part 1

Something’s Not Quite Right

I’ve grown up non-denominational for the most part, and have been in modern/contemporary churches most of my life.  Shortly after graduating college, I become discontented with the church as a whole.  I felt like there was something wrong with it.

The church seemed too political, too hateful, too judgmental, and too consumeristic.  I was out of church for most of three years before joining back up with a modern, hip church nearby.  After being away from Christian Culture for a while, my wife and I were a bit disturbed by things we witnessed Continue reading Why Orthodoxy? Part 1

My First Liturgy Experience

Hands Off!

If there is only one thing that most of us can’t tolerate, it is a big change in our style of worship.  Think about it, a pastor can change, the style of the building can change, the leadership/elder board can change, but don’t you dare touch that style of doing church!  One example of that is seen when a traditional church decides to begin catering to the modern crowd.  Many angry old folks end up leaving with their hymn books in hand. Continue reading My First Liturgy Experience

St John the Merciful

St John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

St. John the Merciful lived during the 7th century.  Tragically, his wife and children all died and he decided to become a monk.  His love and generosity earned such a reputation that he was begged by Emperor Heraclius and his fellow clergy to occupy the highest position in that region as the Patriarch of Alexandria.

Most of us who have grown up Protestant begin to feel a bit suspicious of religious people in power.  We use phrases like, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” or even shorten it to, “power corrupts.”  I find St. John the Merciful to be inspiring because he takes this stereotype and turns it upside down.   Continue reading St John the Merciful