Articles By: Ron Fancher

In Defense of Denomination

There is one Body, and there is one Church. There is really no way to get around it—it’s right there in Scripture, coming from the mouth of Saint Paul himself. But unity doesn’t equate to homogeny. This is an issue that the Church universal has struggled with before Christ was even crucified. When...
February 13th, 2014 | Church, Religion | Read More

Heretics and Heresy: On the Intellectual Pursuit of a Christian

Historically, one of the greatest sins in the Christian church has been that of heresy. The theologian Origen was excommunicated when his teachings on the nature of man and God were condemned by the Church. The entire Protestant movement was based in the fact that Martin Luther viewed the Roman Catholic...
January 14th, 2014 | Church, Religion | Read More

Saint Nietzsche: The Last True Atheist

There have been few men as great as the late Friedrich Nietzsche, and the longer he is gone, the more that I miss him. He was great in the same way a hurricane is great, or the Cambodian Genocide was great; he is great in that he lashed out viciously and consistently. No man, method, or morality was...
December 16th, 2013 | Apologetics, Religion | Read More

The Giving of Alms

I recently had a conversation over a cup of coffee with a friend of mine. The topic of giving alms to the homeless came up, and immediately progressed into a lively discussion about the ethics of such an act. He was firmly opposed to the giving of alms. Mind you, this was a young man who owned two cars...
November 18th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

The Mercy Seat: Our Neighbors are Our Life

Ever let mercy outweigh all else in you. Let our compassion be a mirror where we may see in ourselves that likeness and that true image which belong to the Divine nature and Divine essence. A heart hard and unmerciful will never be pure. –       St. Isaac of Syria There are but two commandments...
August 21st, 2013 | The Gospel | Read More

The Great Joke

It’s a familiar parable—the Pharisee and the Tax Collector—but in its familiarity, many of us have missed a twist that Jesus intended. The story reads almost like a joke: a Pharisee and a tax collector walk into a temple. The Pharisee stands before the altar and prays, with palms up to Heaven and...
June 12th, 2013 | The Gospel | Read More

Defending and Redeeming Human Nature

Man has always shown a distaste for human nature. Pastors condemn it from the pulpit while Buddhist monks sit in temples and do their best to rid themselves of it. Frustrated with this constant degradation of the very thing which defines humanity, the great atheist Friedrich Nietzsche makes an unexpectedly...
May 29th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Let’s Club ‘Em Into Heaven: Fighting with Grace

Rich Mullins tells a story about an argument he got into with a friend who happened to be an atheist. He explains how he attacked and attacked, constantly on the offensive, swatting away rejections and counterpoints, until he at last had his adversary logically cornered. He thought to himself, “Surely...
May 15th, 2013 | Apologetics | Read More

An Unexpected Hero: Can Any Good Thing Come From Sitka?

Tragedy and disaster have the peculiar ability to produce a backdrop upon which common people can become unexpected heroes. 300 soldiers at Thermopylae hold off wave after wave of Persians; they’re slaughtered in their duty and become immortal. Fire fighters run into flaming skyscrapers, knowing they...
May 2nd, 2013 | Culture | Read More

Loving Your Neighbor: This Includes Loving Yourself

Love thy neighbor as thyself. All Christians know it as one of the pillars of a healthy relationship with God above. The second greatest commandment, only behind “love the Lord your God with every last speck of your being,” it implies a Christian life devoted to the servant leadership practiced by...
April 18th, 2013 | Religion | Read More