Category Archives: Orthodoxy

Christian Unity Week @ Judson University, Part Three

We ended Christian Unity Week at Judson University on Friday, October 10. The final message was given by one of my dearest friends on earth – Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth. Fr. Ellsworth, pastor of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Warrenville, Illinois, … Continue reading

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ACT3 September Forum on Friendship in Diversity

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, ACT3 hosted its first fall evening forum. Our subject was Christian diversity and deep friendship. I invited an Orthodox priest, Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth, and a Catholic author and editor, Tom Masters, to join me for … Continue reading

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Divorce, Remarriage and the Insights of Deep Ecumenism

One of the enduring problems that all churches face is how to deal with the moral and ecclesial questions related to divorce and remarriage. The most obvious difficulties have ensued in the Catholic Church due to its interpretation of Matthew … Continue reading

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The Cross of Christ & the Love of God – What Saves Us?

I am currently writing a book on love, both God’s love and our love. In writing the first half of my book I have sought to deal with the cross. I do not know how you can talk about God’s … Continue reading

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Philip Schaff and the Unity of Christendom – Part Two

Last week I wrote about the unity of the church in light of my visit to Moody Bible Institute on December 3 and the dialogue that took place between Fr. Robert Barron and me before Moody students in Chicago. I … Continue reading

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Philip Schaff and The Unity of Christendom – Part One

In the year in which he died (1893), Philip Schaff wrote what I take to be an extremely important piece on ecumenism with the title “The Reunion of Christendom.” It begins by quoting John 17:20–21 and then states the difficulty … Continue reading

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The Atonement Debate: “Why Did Christ Die?” Part 1

A recent dispute over the meaning of the atonement has sparked an outbreak of charges, and countercharges, among Protestant leaders. This particular dispute, not unlike so many in Christian history, arose from a line in a popular song. At issue … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church History, Church Tradition, Creeds, Death, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Jesus, Orthodoxy | 23 Comments/Likes

Mary in Ecumenical Perspective

I mentioned yesterday that I attended two seminars at the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) in Columbus, April 8–11. The second was titled: “Mary in Ecumenical Perspective.” It was taught by one of the leading liturgical scholars in North … Continue reading

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Through Love We Are Joined With God

Yesterday I wrote of how hypostasis and persona are integrally connected with our being saved. They are also a vital part of how we learn to live by the Spirit and produce the fruit of the Spirit, not the sins … Continue reading

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The Love of God and Our Spiritual Transformation

Galatians 5 refers to the acts of the human flesh, that is the acts that come from our sinful nature. Here is how Paul puts it: 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 … Continue reading

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