Category Archives: Preaching

Michael Hanby on the Metaphysics of Creation, Darwinism and Evolutionary Biology

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Gospel, Mortal Sin, and the Search for Assurance

The problem with mortal sin is that it’s so damned mortal. It scares me—as it rightly should. Mortal sin is nothing less than a state of spiritual death and impenitence. I know that the reason I was initially drawn to … Continue reading

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Preaching the Politics of Pascha

Since November 8th, contributors to Public Orthodoxy have advanced various responses to the unexpected victory of Donald J. Trump. Fr John Jillions proposes that the Church needs to practice a politics of communion, which includes charitable works, prophetic political witness, and renewed … Continue reading

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Pascha and the Apokatastasis of Judas Iscariot

But what about the Iscariot‽ The fate of Judas is the challenge most often posed to anyone who dares to proclaim the greater hope. Christians have long debated whether few or many will be saved. St John Chrysostom appears to have been … Continue reading

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The Sola Fide as the Power of Unconditional Promise

I was tempted today to simply reprint Stanley Hauerwas’s famous “Sermon on Reformation Sunday,” but everyone does that this time of year, so I decided to simply go about my own business. But after reading a couple of tweets this … Continue reading

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Preaching Apokatastasis

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Cheap Grace, Costly Grace, and the Justification of the Ungodly

When preachers become troubled by the presence of so many nominal believers in their congregations, they typically begin to stridently declare Bonhoeffer’s distinction between cheap and costly grace: “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without … Continue reading

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