A Call for Orthodox Churches to Preach the Gospel
“Once congregations experience the life-giving power of the preached gospel, they won’t settle for replacements (regardless of their aesthetic beauty).”
I have had several close friends convert to Orthodoxy over the years, and they’re always excited to talk about their transition. “Come and see,” said one friend, smiling. “The iconography, the vestments, the beauty!” It’s not just the visual engagement. There is also an ancient stimulation of the other senses—the smells, the chanting, all of it so different from what evangelicals are used to. But I’ve never had a friend who converted to Orthodoxy say, “Come and hear the preaching!” Why is that?
Some time ago, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick spoke ...