Monthly Archives: September 2013

Preaching Gospel as Gospel: Distinguishing Law and Promise

If the gospel is unconditional promise, then that means … well … no conditions! The language of unconditionality has become so commonplace when speaking of the love of God that it is very easy to miss the radicality of the … Continue reading

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I have no idea how Twitter works, but I just started an account: @EOrthodoxy. I thought I’d try sending out alerts for new postings for those who have not signed up for email alerts through WordPress and for those who … Continue reading

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“O belly that contained within itself a living heaven, vaster than the immensity of all the heavens!”

O blessed couple, Joachim and Anna, all nature is indebted to you! For through you it has offered a gift to the Creator which is more excellent than all other gifts: a holy mother who alone is worthy of the … Continue reading

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Elder Sophrony: Every Divine Liturgy is a Theophany

Originally posted on Enlarging the Heart:
We Orthodox live Christ within the Divine Liturgy, or rather Christ lives within us during the Divine Liturgy. The Divine Liturgy is a work of God. We say: “Time is a creation of the…

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Gerhard Forde on Descriptive and Declarative Language

Shortly after seminary I began devouring the writings on Lutheran theologians on the topic of justification by faith. I was particularly intrigued by the Jenson-Lindbeck proposal that the Reformation doctrine of “justification by faith” should be understood as a metalinguistic … Continue reading

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Preaching Gospel as Gospel: The Good News of the Resurrection

Since my first encounter with Robert Jenson’s construal of justification as metalinguistic rule back in the 1980s, I have sought to proclaim the gospel in the mode of unconditional promise. I have often not been successful nor consistent—it’s harder to … Continue reading

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Preaching Gospel as Gospel, or Why the Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Churches Need the Reformation

We are all acquainted with the saying attributed to Martin Luther: “Justification by faith alone is the doctrine on which the Church stands or falls.” Although this saying does not appear in Luther’s extant writings, it accurately states his understanding … Continue reading

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