The Ecumenical Councils

The Ecumenical Councils

At the Intersection of East and West

Dn. Michael Hyatt teaches his adult sunday school class at St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN.  This was a series he did on the Seven Ecumenical Councils.


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  • November 21, 2008
    In the first of a series, Dn. Michael introduces us to the Ecumenical Councils and their importance in Christian history and theology.
  • November 30, 2008
    Dn. Michael continues his introduction to the Ecumenical Councils and asks the question "Why does truth matter?"
  • December 6, 2008
    Dn. Michael begins his three-part lesson on the Council of Nicaea and talks about the challenge of Arianism.
  • December 13, 2008
    Dn. Michael continues his look at the Council of Nicaea, the first salvo in a centuries-long battle for Truth. At stake is the doctrine of the Incarnation.
  • December 20, 2008
    Today, Dn. Michael continues his look at the Council of Nicaea and the importance of both orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
  • December 28, 2008
    The return of Arianism.
  • January 3, 2009
    What is the final criterion of Truth? Our experience or that which we have received and has been tested by time? Dn. Michael begins his look at the Second Ecumenical Council.
  • January 10, 2009
    As Dn. Michael begins exploring the Council of Ephesus, he observes some commonality between Evangelicals and Orthodox in the "cult of the Saints."
  • January 17, 2009
    What was settled at Chalcedon served as a watershed for future doctrinal controversies even up until today. Dn. Michael reminds us that truth matters.
  • January 24, 2009
    Today, Dn. Michael unpacks the Fifth Ecumenical Council which addressed Monophysitism and Origen.
  • February 8, 2009
    In this episode, Dn. Michael provides an overview of the Sixth Ecumenical Council and reminds us that Christianity involves an internal battle of the will.
  • February 14, 2009
    Dn. Michael Hyatt discusses the seventh and final Ecumenical Council, which focuses on the use of icons in the Church.

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