Understanding Orthodox Worship
Recently, a new form of worship has become widely popular among Christians. Where before people would sing hymns accompanied by an organ then listen to a sermon, in this new worship there are praise bands that use rock band instruments, short catchy praise songs, sophisticated Powerpoint presentations, and the pastor giving uplifting practical teachings about […]
Lessons from the Kingdom Tower
You may have heard about the Kingdom Tower (photo above). It is to be the highest building in the world, almost a mile high! As the name indicates, it is to be built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the desert! On sand! For sure, they are going to have to pour lots of […]
Is Christianity a Western Religion?
Christianity is in the first place an oriental religion, and it is a mystical religion. (J.C. Barrois, Roots of Christian Mysticism, Introduction) “Western” is not necessarily a negative label, far from it! Western science is what gave us modern physics, relativity, quantum physics and with it our computers, cells phones, GPS systems, high-tech medicine etc. […]
Why atheism is wrong
Could atheism be true? Could bright people like Richard Dawkins, author of the “God delusion” be right. Why is atheism wrong?
What is Biblical Worship?
Rediscovering WORSHIP: Are human beings supposed to create, invent their own forms of worship? In the Bible, God revealed the “pattern” to Moses and the Prophets after him as they saw the Eternal Worship that always takes place in the Heavens. The angels participate in it: we are called to enter into that eternally existing […]
Is the Rapture in the Bible?
Question: A friend of mine has been reading the Left Behind books that have all of this stuff about the “Rapture” in them. Is there really going to be a “Rapture” like these books talk about? Answer: No. The “Rapture” refers to a passage in First Thessalonians 4, where Christians are “caught up” in the clouds […]
What are non-denominational churches?
PART 1: NOT A HELPFUL (OR ACCURATE) LABEL A lot of Christians sincerely believe that they are just Bible Christians because the Church they attend is labelled “non-denominational.” Admittedly, there are so many Christian denominations in the United States that it is tempting to walk away from any label like “Baptist” “Pentecostal” “Evangelical” “Foursquare” etc. […]
Bible passages used during the Sermon for the after Feast of the Dormition of Mary the Theotokos
This is the hand out with the Bible verses used to discuss the intercession of the saints on Sunday August 16, 2015. Texts for the Sermon on Sunday after Dormition (August 16, 2015) Revelation 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. Amen. NAU Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from […]
Handout of Bible passages and verses for the Dormition of Mary the Theotokos
The following Bible passage were discussed in the sermon delivered on the Feast of Dormition. Please listen to the sermon on SoundCloud and use these texts to follow along: Biblical texts for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos Revelation 12:1 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with […]
Did Mary have other children?
Summary: Christians disagree on this question. Some Christians (Evangelicals) believe that yes, Mary had other children after Jesus was born. Others (Catholics, Orthodox) believe that Mary had only one child (Jesus) and did not in fact have marital relations with Joseph. The early Protestants (Luther, Calvin) also believed that Mary never had other children after […]