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2006 Clergy Symposium

Below are Metropolitan PHILIP's thoughts on Missiology, Ecclesiology, and Theology.

The Thoughts of Metropolitan PHILIP on Missiology  - edited by Father Joseph Allen, Th.D.
Our Lord Himself was indeed the missionary par excellence. In Matthew 4:23 we read: “And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.” And in the “fullness of time,” the “Word became flesh” and entered time on a mission of salvation. He was sent by the Father to make us “partakers of the Divine Nature.” Read More...

The Thoughts of Metropolitan PHILIP on Ecclesiology - edited by Father Joseph Allen, Th.D.
The central biblical theme regarding our Ecclesiology is taken from the first Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 3:9-17:
We are laborers together with God: you are God’s field. You are God’s building. But let every man take heed how he builds; for no other foundation can man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Every man’s work shall be made manifest, for the day shall declare it. For it shall be manifest by fire, and the fire shall try every man’s work, of what sort it is. Read More...

The Thoughts of Metropolitan PHILIP on Theology  - edited by Father Joseph Allen, Th.D.
I see three main issues which define our Orthodox Christian theology. First, the doctrine of man in our theology is based on the biblical view which was fully defined by our Church Fathers. Man has all the potentialities for perfection, simply because he was created in the image of God. St. Maximus the Confessor states: Those who followed Christ in action and contemplation will be changed into an even better condition, and there is no time to tell of all the ascents and revelations of the saints who are being changed from glory to glory, until each one in order receives deification. Man was not created to be a slave, neither to society nor to history, neither to science nor to technology, neither to communism nor to capitalism. Read More...