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I started out as a member of the Churches of Christ, also known as the Campbell-Stone Movement or the Restoration Movement.

At age 25 I converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church. I currently attend a Russian Orthodox parish.

I'm a C# programmer.

I have a wife and two beautiful children.


May
10
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
Two days, only two answers, and you've already picked an accepted one?
May
8
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
I think a better question would be this: "If the Messiah did not have to be God, why was Jesus nonetheless considered to be God?" We tend to approach it the wrong way around, and start with Jesus as God, and the apostles wondering whether he was the Messiah. But they followed him because they thought he was the Messiah. Not because they thought he was "God", which would have been a very peculiar thing for the average first-century Jew to think. The question is, why did they come to regard him as God, despite the strong Jewish impetus against doing so?
May
8
comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
You'll need to explain what you mean by "have to be", then. "Messiah" is not a divine title in and of itself. Perhaps you mean "according to God's plan, the Messiah had to be God" or some such. But I think that's a somewhat different question.
May
6
answered Why does the Messiah have to be God?
Apr
15
comment Why is Easter celebrated on a different day every year and Christmas is not?
@AndrewVit, it might interest you to know that only in Germanic languages is the holiday called something like "Easter." In most languages of the world, it's called something akin to the Greek Pascha, which comes from the Hebrew Pesach, which simply means "Passover." The notion that Easter has connections with fertility rites seems to spring from the notion that the term of Easter is said to come from the name of a goddess called Ēostre. But even this is doubtful; see the Wikipedia article on Ēostre for details.
Mar
23
answered What did Luther think of the Eastern Orthodox and vice versa?
Mar
23
comment When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?
@brilliant, that's a fair question. There's a difference in the way Roman Catholic clergy are viewed by the Orthodox Church as opposed to, say, Anglican clergy. Timothy Ware's The Orthodox Church says: "Anglican clergy entering Orthodoxy, if called to serve in the Orthodox priesthood, have always been reordained, whereas in the case of Roman Catholic clergy who become Orthodox there is usually no such reordination." See also this from Wikipedia: Apostolic Succession
Mar
23
comment When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?
@AffableGeek, there is in fact a whole book on the subject, containing the correspondence: Augsburg and Constantinople: The Correspondence between the Tubingen Theologians and Patriarch Jeremiah II of Constantinople on the Augsburg Confession
Mar
22
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Mar
22
revised When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?
edited tags
Mar
22
answered When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?
Mar
6
awarded  Commentator
Mar
6
comment Why did Jesus use the expression, “I tell you the truth”?
The fact is, we have a lot of expressions like that in English.
Feb
2
comment Who are the two witnesses in the book of Revelation?
@Sven, this question is not the kind of brain-dead simple question that would be discouraged on this site. People don't need to Google it first unless the question is so simple that the first Google result leaves nothing else to talk about.
Feb
2
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Feb
2
revised Is there any sense in being baptized as an adult after being baptized as an infant?
Added text of the two scriptures referred to, and made a few formatting changes
Jan
21
answered Primacy of Andrew in Eastern Orthodoxy
Dec
22
answered What is the biblical basis for and against the “filioque”?
Dec
22
comment Orthodox churches recognized by Catholic Church
Furthermore, the fact that Orthodox are permitted to receive the Eucharist (for instance) at a Roman Catholic parish doesn't necessarily mean that they will do so. We Orthodox are not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, and we are not to receive their sacraments except in extraordinary cases. Such a case might be imminent death with no Orthodox priest nearby. From the Orthodox point of view, "recognition" by the Roman Catholic Church has little to no significance.
Nov
14
awarded  Critic