Tag Archives: salvation

The Gospel in Chairs

Steve Robinson tells the Gospel with two chairs as props. Actually, he tells two versions.

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On Christian Obedience

From Father Gregory Jensen at the Koinonia blog, a Homily on today’s Gospel (with a comment of my own at the end): Romans 6:18-23 (Epistle) Matthew 8:5-13 (Gospel) Especially given the events of the 20th century, the rise of Communism, … Continue reading

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“Auricular confession”

One of my blind spots as a Protestant was the need for formal confession, which we dismissed as “auricular confession” and considered a patent superstition and absurdity. “Who needs a priest to confess?!” A nice, simple explanation of why we … Continue reading

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Finding salvation outside the monastery

St John of the Ladder writes (1:21): Some people living carelessly in the world have asked me: “We have wives and are beset with social cares, and how can we lead the solitary life?” I replied to them: “Do all … Continue reading

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Making dead men live

I really don’t intend to channel Fr. Stephen day-by-day. You can subscribe yourself, after all. I don’t even intend to have Orthodox testimonials as a regular feature. That’s a worthy goal, but I bring nothing unique to such efforts. But … Continue reading

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Mere forgiveness or real change?

Father Stephen posted Wednesday one of his best blogs in weeks, by my lights. This one captured eloquently a big factor in my embrace of Orthodoxy: salvation as ontological change more than forensic transaction. There is no denying that grace … Continue reading

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