Why bother to Christianize those outside the Church?

We want everyone to know that salvation is available to all. What the Lord will do with outsiders is His business. Our business is to proclaim the Gospel.

November 1, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Evangelism

“How long do we remain with the GOA?”… and 3 other questions answered

Commemorating an ecumenist bishop does not necessarily pollute the clergy and people under them, as long as they declare their faith openly.

November 1, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
The Church

“UNITY OF ALL”: Who are we praying for?

By petitioning the Lord, “…and for the unity of all…”, we mean Orthodox Christians. We explain the petition in this excerpt from “The Heavenly Banquet”.

The Church of Greece, autocephaly, Russia, and “the Occupant”

Despite objections by certain hierarchs, the Church of Greece has recognized the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine”. We offer our comments in the aftermath.

October 15, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
The Church

What does the Church say about war?

In this “Mini-study” from our book “The Heavenly Banquet”, questions about war are answered by the Saints and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Pope’s plan blocks our potential to reach union with God

Pope Francis has invited “everyone” to a global event—a godless global alliance that ignores God, and replaces the Gospel of Christ with that of Antichrist.

September 27, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Other faiths

The Pope’s “Launch of the Educational Alliance”, commented

The Pope has called for a global alliance event. We comment on his invitation.

September 27, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Other faiths

Keep your faith! An open letter to the monks of Mount Athos

Regarding the upcoming visit to the Holy Mountain by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Luke issued an appeal not to accept the schismatics.

August 28, 2019 by Orthodox Witness
Ecumenism

OUR CHRISTIAN ROOTS – Part I, Section 3

The early Church was organized. As you read the select passages presented from Holy Scripture, a convincing picture will appear before your eyes.

OUR CHRISTIAN ROOTS – Part I, section 1

Introduction to “Our Christian Roots”, a two-part presentation of primary sources from Holy Scripture and the writings of early Church Fathers.

Elder Emilianos eulogizes Fr. Dimitri Gagastathis

Elder Emilianos (+2019), former abbot of Simonos Petra Monastery on Mt. Athos recalls the holy life of the simple village priest, Fr. Dimitri Gagastathis.

Why a Crucified Messiah? by Fr. Thomas Hopko – Part 1

Why did the Messiah, the Savior of the world, have to necessarily die an unnatural death by being murdered? Fr. Thomas Hopko answers in this talk .

April 25, 2019 by Orthodox Witness
Audio, Christology

Repentance: the beginning and end of our spiritual journey

King Manasse, the wicked king of the Jews who repented after a 55 year reign, is just one figure the Church sets before us to show that change is possible.

How God’s power becomes effective

Without our faith God’s power remains ineffectual, impotent, unrealized. With faith, the Fountain of mercy opens and pours down in a deluge.

The way of the Cross

What differentiates the Orthodox Christian from the world is the Cross. How many Christians realize that the foundation of the Orthodox life is the Cross?

The great contribution of Saint Gregory Palamas

What all religions, philosophies and Christian denominations in the world cannot explain is explained only in the Orthodox Church, thanks to Saint Gregory.

“The Son of God becomes Son of the Virgin”

From all eternity, even before creating the world and humans, God knew of Adam’s fall. He also knew when, and by who the redemption would be accomplished.

Walled-off priest wins trial. Slap in the face for Metropolis

Fr. Ioan Ungureanu ceased commemorating his Bishop after the Synod of Crete. The Metropolis filed an eviction suit. He prevailed, supported by his people.

March 20, 2019 by Orthodox Witness
Ecumenism

“We shall not deny you, beloved Orthodoxy”

The struggle against heresies is not finished. Today the insidious heresy of Ecumenism, like Iconoclasm, threatens to completely destroy the Church.

Characteristics of a missionary church

“Bang.” The Church sprung out of the upper Room in Jerusalem and spread all over the world. What are the characteristics of this missionary Church?