Review of Jacques Ellul’s The Presence of the Kingdom

Ellul, Jacques. The Presence of the Kingdom. Translated by Olive Wyon. Second Edition. Colorado Springs, CO: Helmers & Howard Publishers, 1989. Jacques Ellul explains in his 1989 Preface that Romans 12:2 forms his guiding principle for answering the question of how the Christian is to live in the world: “Do not be conformed to this … Continue reading Review of Jacques Ellul’s The Presence of the Kingdom

On the Three Tenses of Salvation

Theologians sometimes speak of three "tenses” of salvation – past, present, and future. Holy Scripture teaches that 1) we have been saved, 2) we are being saved, and 3) we will be saved. Making these distinctions can be helpful when discussing the doctrine of salvation with non-Orthodox Christians. They were helpful for me, especially as … Continue reading On the Three Tenses of Salvation

Some New Testament Evidence for Baptismal Regeneration

My conversion into the Orthodox Church took nearly 10 years. On the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women ('19), my family and I finally took the plunge - but not in the baptismal font. Our Protestant baptisms were accepted, and we received the sacrament of Chrismation. An important part of my journey into Orthodoxy was theological … Continue reading Some New Testament Evidence for Baptismal Regeneration