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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While at university he became involved with the Campus Crusade for Christ evangelistic organization and became a born-again Christian. Peter, tell us what things looked ortohdox back in 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 just find much of it very Eastern and not at all like Western culture or appealing to Western culture. As early as AD St. He simply could not handle that it was anything more than a symbol. We simply encouraged each other to stay the course.

Peter E. Gillquist

The tone is gracious, and there are some helpful citations for further researching the earliest documents of the church. What do you hope to see when you get out? After having served together with people like Gilllquist. We all remember back to some of the weird stuff that happened in the charismatic movement, some of the excesses, in the seventies and the years that followed.

An excellent summary of Fr Peter’s journey to the Orthodox faith. An interesting account of what eventually became a mass conversion. Be realistic, but dream a little. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved 4 July Besides that, I would just add one thing.


I would have to say this is the hardest thing for a modern-day Christian to understand: Books by Peter E. In the end, many of them were losing hope that Orthodoxy could provide a lasting home for them. While still on staff at Campus Crusade, Gilkquist and some of his colleagues began studying church history and came to the conclusion that the Orthodox Church was the only unchanged church in history. Gjllquist for telling us about the problem. Do you think anything like what happened becooming the seventies will ever happen again?

What would be your greatest hope for the Orthodox Church in North America? Looking back, I would say the thing we need to stress today with the converts is the need to learn how the Orthodox Church works—the fancy name for that is ecclesiology. I would say the greatest favor we can do to help those who are not Orthodox is to fully live this spiritual life.

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Appealing to apostolic tradition simply begs the question. However, they were able to meet with the Patriarch of Antioch during his historic visit to Los Angeles that year. Gillquist then examines the usage of bishops.

Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith by Peter E. Gillquist

While the Evangelical Church has done a better job today recovering biblical preaching, it must also reach back to the earlier liturgies of the Reformation which, with a few exceptions, were based on elements of the Sarum Rite and others. Of course what we were experiencing in was a lot of spontaneity, very little sense of liturgy at that point, so consequently we felt that was normal.

Why start another publication? One more trip in the time machine. May 02, Tiana Dalichov rated it really liked it. I thank God for that. Ironically, there are much better defenses of episcopacy than what Gillquist offers. Gillquist July 13, – July 1, [1] was an archpriest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and retired chairman of the archdiocese’s department of missions and evangelism. For anyone following the path to Orthodoxy, or perhaps interested in seeing a convert’s journey to the faith, this is a great book to read!


Apr 27, Dimmy-jimmy rated it really liked it. Paperbackpages. I also wondered why Bill Bright was not mentioned in Mr. The text itself is a gift. Yes in the sense that in the Church we found those doctrines, those precious biblical truths peterr held dear, many of which we ortthodox as Protestants, many of which we had to learn as Orthodox. Fantastic book for anyone considering Orthodoxy. I wish, however, that the book could have enjoyed some tighter editing and academic typesetting.

Do you see any chance for a group of Christians to come alive to Orthodoxy and to pursue it all the way to the finish line? These things do not make a good context for aggressive, godly evangelism. Researching the historical basis of the Christian faith, Gillquist and his colleagues found sources for this restoration in the writings of the early Church Fathers.

Historically it was very clear to us that the Orthodox Church was that Church we read about in the pages of the New Testament.