Sunday of the Blind Man

Sunday was the Sunday of the Blind Man for the Orthodox. Found in John 9, it’s one of the longest and most detailed stories in the Gospels, which creates a challenge. The length, detail, and nuance in the story make it easy to miss the various points. The reader tends to get caught up in …

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How God’s Righteousness is Revealed

Reading St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain (also known as Nicodemos the Hagiorite, if you go looking for him), I was struck by the almost opposite manner that Nicodemos (d. 1809) and John Calvin (d. 1564)  define righteousness. In a word, for Calvin, God’s righteousness is revealed in what he does. For Nicodemos, it is …

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The Three Births of the Word

I’m currently reading a Maximus the Confessor anthology (On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ). In “Ambiguum 42” he begins with a quote from Gregory the Theologian’s Theophany sermon where Gregory says: “The Word knew three births for us: bodily birth, birth through baptism, and birth through resurrection.” Since it’s currently Christmas and Theophany is …

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Moses Pt. 3: He Actually Is Quite Special

Moses and Joshua together prefigure Christ; because they prefigure Christ, they also prefigure the Christian life. There is genius in distinguishing the two story arcs in the Pentateuch and Joshua Because each pictures something quite different that is happening in our life. We experience it at the same time and therefore tend to merge the …

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The Trinity as Life instead of Doctrine

There’s currently quite a little tempest going on among Evangelicals about Trinitarianism. Certain high profile Evangelical professor types have gone astray of Trinitarian orthodoxy (specifically in relation to the doctrine of subordinationism) and are seemingly unrepentant. Of course, Evangelicals have no disciplinary structures to speak of, so all that remains for the remaining orthodox Evangelical …

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