Metr. Kallistos of Diokleia – The Unchanging Gospel in an Ever-Changing Culture

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5 March 2016 – North Park University, Chicago, Il.

The Inaugural Event in the Engaging Orthodoxy Speaker’s Series Continue reading “Metr. Kallistos of Diokleia – The Unchanging Gospel in an Ever-Changing Culture”

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An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 3

  1. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN CONCRETE TERMS IN ROMANIA IN REGARD TO DIALOGUE?

In terms of events that have given concrete expression to the concern for dialogue between Orthodox and Evangelicals in Romania, a number of initiatives may be mentioned.

In 2009, the Babes-Bolyai University, through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, the Centre for Biblical Studies, World Vision International and the Iasi-based Adoramus publishing house, held a conference at Cluj-Napoca with the title The Paschal Mystery and the Liturgical Life of the Church, at which Dr Bradley Nassif, professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University, Chicago, was an invited speaker.

The conference was followed by the launching of the Romanian translation of the book Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. Three Perspectives. Those who spoke on this occasion were Professor Nassif, Dr Danut Manastireanu and the Revd Professor Stelian Tofana. All three speakers stressed, in their addresses, the book’s significance for non-official theological dialogue between Orthodox and Evangelicals in Romania.

Following these two events, and on the same day, there was also a round-table discussion on the subject “Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. Perspectives in Dialogue”, which took place at the university staff club. Those who attended this discussion were priests and teachers from the Cluj-Napoca Faculty of Orthodox Theology and a number of Evangelical pastors and believers from Cluj and from other Romanian cities. Continue reading “An Orthodox Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’ – 3”

An Evangelical Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’

 

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In the spring of 1995 I was coordinating the academic research programme at what has now become the Emanuel University of Oradea. At the first scholarly colloquium which I organised in this role I had the providential opportunity to come to know the Revd Professor Stelian Tofana, of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Cluj, and since then we have maintained an especially close bond. This accounts for our decision to share the writing of a Romanian preface to the second edition of this work: Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. We are united both by a common interest in Eastern theology and spirituality, which each of us approaches from his own perspective, and by our firmly held personal conviction of the pressing need for theological and ecclesial dialogue between the different Christian traditions in our cultural context.

Over the years we have been involved together in many activities which have put flesh on the bones of these shared convictions. We have participated in academic conferences both within Romania (in Oradea, Cluj, Bucharest and elsewhere) and abroad (including Bossey, in Switzerland, and Durres in Albania) that have been organised both by Evangelicals and by the Orthodox; we have contributed to the resulting publications of their proceedings; we have joined in organising the promotion of books relevant to this dialogue; we have collaborated in spiritually-oriented training sessions for the staff of World Vision (an organisation I have been working for since December 1999); we have each sought to make more widely known within our own constituency the treasures of thought and spirituality to be found in the tradition of the other – and, last but not least, we have often enjoyed table fellowship in one another’s homes, which has provided occasions to celebrate what unites us in spite of the specific differences which define each of our ecclesial identities. Continue reading “An Evangelical Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Romanian Translation of ‘Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism’”

The Story of My Involvement with THE WAY – An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity

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In May 2009, Bradley Nassif, Professor of Theology at North Park University in Chicago visited Romania for the launch of the Romanian translation of the book Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (J. Stamoolis, (gen. ed.), Grand Rapids, Mi.: Zondervan, 2006), which took place at the University of Cluj. During that visit, Dr. Nassif told me about an Orthodox project that might benefit from any potential support I could provide through the budget I was managing as part of my World Vision responsibilities for the Middle East & Eastern Europe Region, as Director for Faith in Development. The project, formally initiated in June 2004 at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) in Cambridge, under the leadership of Professor David Frost, later Principal of the college, was called THE WAY (it took its name from the earliest term by which followers of Christ referred to themselves), and aimed ‘to teach basic Orthodox Christianity as a journey of life, centred on Christ, in terms that communicate to a secular and largely pagan world’. Continue reading “The Story of My Involvement with THE WAY – An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity”

Robert Letham – Sub privirea Apusului

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Tocmai am primit un exemplar al cartii lui Robert Letham, Sub privirea Apusului. O perspectiva reformata asupra ortodoxiei rasaritene, publicata de Editura Faclia din Oradea, specializata in literatura teologica de inspiratie reformata.

Lucrarea reprezinta traducerea cartii Through Western Eyes. Eastern Orthodoxy: A Reformed Perspective. Asa cum reiese de aici, prima observatie care se cere facuta este lipsa de inspiratie a titlului. ‘Through’ in limba engleza inseamna ‘prin’, NU ‘sub’. Dincolo de asta, n-am avut inca vreme sa evaluez calitatea traducerii. Vom vedea.

Aceasta este a treia traducere aparuta in limba romana pe tema relatiei intre evanghelism si ortodoxie. Prima, cu un titlu asemanator celei de mai sus, este cartea lui Donald Fairbairn, Ortodoxia rasariteana din perspectiva occidentala, aparuta mai intii in 2005 la Multimedia, Arad si republicata de Faclia in 2013. A doua este Ortodoxie si evanghelism: Trei perspective, de Bradley Nassif et al, publicata de Editura Adoramus din Iasi si de Editura Casa cartii din Oradea (cartea este eouizata si se pregateste, daca va exista finantarea necesara, o noua editie). Continue reading “Robert Letham – Sub privirea Apusului”

Metr. Kallistos Ware Lectures at North Park University

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware has visited and lectured at North Park University in Chicago (a liberal arts university rooted in the Northern Baptist tradition).

My friend Dr. Bradley Nassif, an Orthodox theologian who teaches at that school has just sent me the links to his lectures. Find them and listen or download them below. Continue reading “Metr. Kallistos Ware Lectures at North Park University”

Metr. Kallistos at North Park University in Chicago

I have just received word from my good friend Dr. Bradley Nassif, who teaches at North Park University in Chicago, a school rooted in the moderate Baptist tradition, that Metr. Kallistos,of Diokleia, from Oxford University, will visit this university in February 2011, lecturing, among other themes, also on the Evangelical-Orthodox dialogue.

Here is the announcement: Continue reading “Metr. Kallistos at North Park University in Chicago”