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What Can Orthodox and Evangelicals Learn From One Another?

March 10, 2011
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, speaking at Ascen...

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From a new series of podcasts on AFR I heard this lecture by Met Kallistos Ware. The topic of this podcast was the same as the title of this post.

I thought his approach to the topic was very irenic, while not compromising the truth of our faith. The point that struck home with me personally was the statement that Orthodox do not have anything “new” to learn from Evangelicals, but things we have forgotten by way of neglect. The most important of these being the personal commitment to Christ, the personal reading and studying of the Scriptures, and evangelism.

This lecture was a reminder to me that though I am entering the “fullness” of the Church in the Orthodox Church, I have many things to be grateful for in my upbringing as an Evangelical Christian. In my journey to the Church I have criticized my former tradition for the many holes I have discovered. While this was okay for a time, in that it helped me learn more about the Ancient Faith in order to fill those holes so-to-speak, being able to affirm the good is more in line with Love. I am compelled by the Spirit to join the Orthodox Church, but I am truly thankful that being an Evangelical has prepared me for the Life in Christ in His Church.

Here is the link to that Lecture. I hope you will all check it out and be inspired by what he has to say.

Do you agree with what Met Kallistos thinks about Orthodox and Evangelicals? What kinds of things do you think Orthodox can gain from Roman Catholics, Oriental Orthodox and even the Church of the East?

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