Category: Orthodox church

  • Water Baptism: A Reformed Examination of John 3:5

    When a person is baptized is it the water itself that regenerates? Or is it the washing by the Holy Spirit that regenerates? According to Calvin, and other Reformed commentators, the water in John 3:5 is not referring to water baptism. And it is the washing by the Holy Spirit that regenerates. And that alone. […]

  • The One True Church

    I often hear Catholics and Orthodox say they are the oldest churches and can trace through apostolic succession their churches back to 33 AD. I posit that what is most important is having the correct doctrine. Men are fallible and can make mistakes. Once a church is institutionalized correcting those mistakes becomes very difficult, if […]

  • Women in the Early Church

    Background Orthodox Metropolitan Kallistos Ware describes his view, on the possible ordination of women in the Orthodox church below: Thankfully, most Orthodox oppose the practice and see it absent in church tradition, and the writing of the Church fathers. Kallistos is a theological liberal who has taken up many heresies over the years. This video […]

  • Sexual Abuse in the Church

    An evangelical pastor, John Lowe II, in Warsaw, Indiana, tried to confess adultery, which happened two decade ago, during a Sunday church service at New Life Christian Church and World Outreach, on May 23rd, 2022, and it goes horribly wrong when the victim reveals she was underage 😳 In fact she was just 16 at […]

  • Russkiy mir (Русский мир)

    Russian President Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow are working diligently to establish a Russkiy mir (“Russian world” – Русский мир), where people are free to live without the threat of progressivism, liberalism, modernism, radical feminism, atheism, secular humanism, and Western degeneracy to their and their children’s lives! Russia is reclaiming Ukraine to […]

  • Russia to become majority Catholic?

    Today, March 25th, at approximately 1:30pm EST, Pope Francis will say a special prayer consecrating the whole world, but particularly and explicitly Ukraine and Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The official title of the prayer is The Solemnity of the Annunciation, for the Celebration of Penance and the Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the […]

  • Eclectic Medley

    Here are 3 songs I was listening to this afternoon through Alexa on our Echo Dot smart speaker. First Song The first song is “Seasons Change”, a synth-pop R&B song (1987) from the American girls’ group Exposé. My dear sister Vi introduced me to this song, it’s a favorite of hers and now one of […]

  • Problems in Roman Catholic Theology

    As a Reformed Protestant, it should be no surprise that I have numerous problems with Roman Catholic theology. We actually agree on some things, such as the Real Presence of Christ in communion. Roman Catholics describe this process as transubstantiation whereas I prefer to keep it a mystery and eschew the outdated Aristotelian categories of […]

  • Orthodoxy and Religious Freedom

    Russia adopted anti-missionary anti-proselytizing laws in 2016 at the federal level. Similar laws already existed in various Russian states. On July 6th, 2016, President Vladimir Putin signed amendments to the Religion Law imposing harsh restrictions on the sharing of beliefs, including on where and by whom they may be shared. The amendments ban broadly defined […]