The V. Rev. Fr. Peter Gillquist, Chair of the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Missions and Evangelism and the publisher of AGAIN, was interviewed by the. More than just an apologia for becoming Eastern Orthodox, Peter Gillquist’s book is an important chapter in the history of American Evangelicalism. Gillquist. Fr. Peter Gillquist, Chair of the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Missions and Evangelism and the publisher of AGAIN, was interviewed by the magazine.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Becoming Orthodox by Peter E. This is the story of a handful of courageous men and their congregations who risked stable occupations, security and the approval of life-long friends to be obedient to God’s call.
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It is also the story of every believer who is searching pefer the Church. Where Christ is Lord. Where holiness, human responsibility, and the sovereignty of God are preached.
Where fellowship is mo This is the story of a handful of courageous men and their congregations who risked stable occupations, security and the approval of life-long friends to be obedient to God’s call. Where fellowship is more than a covered-dish supper in the church basement. And where fads and fashions take a backseat to apostolic worship and doctrine. This is a book, for Orthodox Christians, looking for ways to bring new life to their own Churches.
It’s also gillquidt book for those completely dissatisfied–those on their own search. And it’s a book for Orthodox Christians, looking for renewal. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Conciliar Press first published September 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Becoming Orthodoxplease sign up. Lists with This Book.
Mar 03, Becoing Wuertz rated it really liked it. I think this book does the best of all I have read of addressing the many issues Protestant converts and their families would face. Gillquist does it in a manner gillquiat is very down to orthkdox and easy to read. I think this is also just a great book for Christians to read in general even if they are not remotely considering Orthodoxy. There is a ppeter to be gleaned from these pages. The book specifically addressed several things that have come up as walls for me, but was very brief and as such unfortu I think this book does the best of all I have read of addressing the many issues Protestant converts and their families would face.
The book specifically addressed several things that have come up as walls for me, but was very brief and as such unfortunately silent about many other things. While I appreciate and like many things about the Orthodox church and now feel a greater understanding of my faith and the practice of that faith as it relates to church history and tradition, I am still not convinced about specifically cultural practices in the Orthodox church from music styles, to Byzantine chanting for gillsuist scripture and praying, to interpersonal greetings orthoxox such.
I just find much of it very Eastern and not at all like Western culture or appealing to Western culture.
It isn’t that these cultural practices offend me or that I think people are wrong for practicing them, they just are not my culture. One of the things I learned as a communications major about interpersonal communication, particularly when you are going to be communicating with those of another culture gillquiist you learn about them and adapt to their preference. Everything from approximate personal space preference, to proper titles, forms of address, mannerisms, proper clothing, colors, expectations of gifts, etc is studied prior to communicating with those of another culture on a business level.
I think some Protestant churches in many ways have done an excellent job of this in missions and learning orthoodx another culture before sending people out to be sure they have made made serious mistakes, but I’m just saying my own experience has seen otherwise.
I think the Orthodox church is failing miserably in this even with the efforts of Gillquist and others involved in the AEOM.
Our experience in Orthodox churches in the last few months has found them to be still very Eastern. We are not Eastern!
I think if the Orthodox church wants to be more effective they need to stop trying to preserve the cultural identities of the jurisdictions like Antioch, Greece, Russia, etc.
I am not of Byzantine heritage, so why do I need to chant my prayers and scripture in the Byzantine style?
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Most American music is in the major scale and that is what we are used to, why at church do we need to submit to the harmonic minor scale in order for it to be proper worship to God? Because I don’t think these really are the things that make or break the faith. Some may argue then why not submit to them while I argue why should I.
Aug 09, Christopher rated it really liked it. This mass conversion was one of the biggest events in modern American Orthodoxy, and Fr Guilquist’s book paints a vivid picture of the theological wrestling orthodos jurisdictional complications which ended in the reception of the converts in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Fr Guilquist and many other leaders of this movement started their Christian occupations in the s and s as activists for Campus Crusade for Christ.
They travelled widely, trying to organise rallies at such universities as the uber-liberal Berkeley and Roman Catholic Notre Dame. Their focus was entirely on bringing young people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not on building community, which they saw as denominationalism. Over time, however, they became jaded by their work, because many converts fell away after the initial dedication. They understand the need for a Church which would provide lasting support.
Yet, they had no idea what such a church should look like. In the early s these former CCC leaders came together to begin a study of what the Church looked like in the decades after Pentacost, using only the Bible and early Fathers, so that they might form a community mirroring it entirely. They found that the becming Church was liturgical, retaining a Judaic structure of worship after the expulsion from the synagogues, and that it was built around the Eucharist, which was seen as no mere commemoration but as a true mystery of faith.
They discovered that the Church had a three-tiered division of authority, with bishops defending the faith, and priests and deacons serving the flocks of faithful. In the end, they felt that the only place today that this ancient Petee was continued and contained fully was the Orthodox Church. Over time, they discovered that many of the exotic qualities of Orthodox Christianity, such as veneration of Mary and icons, and the liturgical bscoming of incense, were entirely in keeping with the Gospel that gave them strength.
However, they had no personal experience with the Orthodox Church, which in the North America of the time was still seen as an ethnic conclave, in spite of a steady stream on individual conversions.
They attended various offerings at Orthodox churches, met with Orthodox apologists such as the famed Fr Alexander Schmemann, and tried themselves to follow Orthodox traditions in their own worship.
For a long time gillqujst were unsure of how to enter the Church which seemed to fulfill the discoveries of their investigations, and the division of Orthodoxy in North America along numerous ethnic lines was a sad complication. The Greek Orthodox Church was disapproving of their entering the Church, afraid that so many Americans would “dilute Greek traditions”, a shameful blot of nationalism on the Church.
Their attempt to meet the Patriarch of Constantinople for guidance was shrugged off. In the end, many of them were losing hope that Orthodoxy could provide a lasting home for them. Then, the Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in America invited them to enter under his guidance, and wished that they would all come in petee only a few months. The book ends with a recounting of the mass charismations and ordinations which brought these travellers home after a journey of over a decade. A new afterword becmoing in talks about the victories made by these converts and their fellow Orthodox in the years since.
Fr Guilquist’s writing is entertaining and smooth-flowing. Theological arguments are not very deep, but friendly to Evangelical Protestants without bbecoming formal training. I am reluctant to criticise a work of such admirable zeal and which ortgodox so spiritually uplifting.
I wish, however, that the book could have enjoyed some tighter editing and academic typesetting. There orthodxo a profusion of exclamation points and italics, and the formatting of the text is not up to professional standards.
As it is, the work looks unfortunately amateurish. Beciming 17, David rated it liked it. The most interesting section was the first section describing how so many Campus Crusade for Christ staff reverse engineered Apostolic Christianity by analyzing primary sources with an open mind. The second section argued peer theological points in pretty simplistic terms. It was tough for me because I believe the things Fr.
The third section, which details the assumption of the EOC by the The most interesting section was the first section describing how so many Campus Crusade for Christ staff reverse engineered Apostolic Christianity by analyzing primary sources with an open mind.
The third section, which details the assumption of the EOC by the Antiochian Orthodox Church, was also rather interesting though it dragged at times. It was villquist to read about how all these spiritual wanderers finally found peace and fulfillment in the Orthodox Church.
Aug 30, Marc rated it liked it. Anecdotally engaging but lacking in academic rigor and real depth. It’s the story of Peter and his friends, who wanted to find the new testament church.
This admirable journey culminated in joining the Orthodox Church. This book is one that keeps to a very simple purpose and executes it well. Ortbodox lends itself to a surprisingly greater level of take-away on major theology tenets separating Orthodoxy and Protestantism, whereas other books, for me at least, I find myself bunkered down carefully slaving over every paragraph like it were an Orthodox treatise.
Gillquist discusses these tenets subjectively orrhodox it relates to his This book is one that keeps to a very simple purpose and executes it well. What do you get orthoxox a sentimental and provincial Protestant Gillquist was a Campus Crusade director in the 60signorant of his own tradition, falls in love with the smells and bells of Eastern Orthodoxy? Protestants really need to recover the beauty and maturity of the liturgy and our ancient church.
Sadly, Eastern Orthodoxy believes it’s the only epter church and cuts of fellowship and communion from other churches. Which of course, like other spots and blemishes, will be l What do you get when a sentimental and provincial Protestant Gillquist was a Campus Crusade director in the 60signorant of his own tradition, falls in love with the smells and bells of Eastern Orthodoxy?
Which of course, like other spots and blemishes, will be loved away one day by Jesus. Sep 26, David rated it liked it. An interesting account of what eventually became a mass conversion. However, Gilquist, I believe, can at times be a bit simplistic gillqiist anachronistic. Perhaps he is carrying over quite a few Evangelical prejudices.
History and theological development are a tad more complicated than Gilquist makes them seem. Nov 11, Marianne Ogden rated it really liked it.
Gilkquist those who think that the early church is no more, look again. The earliest traditions have continued for two thousand years through the Orthodox church.