Appropriate Ecclesiastical Distancing

I am currently reading quite a lot about ecumenism. It is a strange contrast to everyday life full of social distancing and cancelling any events involving groups of more than a dozen. Back at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, Sergii Bulgakov, Orthodox Presbyter in Russia, argued strenuously for inter-communion between Orthodox and Anglican young …

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One Type of Person

On the Orthodox ecclesiastical calendar the three Sundays before Lent (this year, Feb. 9, 16, 23) are a group called the Triodian: The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, and Judgement Sunday where the sheep and goats text from Mat. 25 is read. In a sense all three …

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Divine Will and Divine Intent

In the previous essay I explored what John Vervaeke considers a misplaced emphasis on the Divine Will (in theological terms) and the arbitrariness of the cosmos (in philosophical terms) and how that has shaped Christian’s thinking about our relationship to God. My conclusion was that the will of God is not as important as one …

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What Is this “Will of God” of which You Speak?

Early on in my Orthodox days I was part of a conversation where a person raised in an Evangelical home asked an Orthodox priest about the will of God. The priest happened to be an old-school Arab guy who had probably never set foot in a Protestant church. Said person was tied up in knots …

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The Trouble with the Gibeonites

Throughout history the Orthodox Church has made concession for various things which “contradict” canon law, or canon law itself makes provision for things which some people feel are not quite biblical. This odd relationship between rules and reality, between divine intent and human weakness, between the absolute and the pastoral, is as old as scripture …

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