The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers interested in church history would of course enjoy this, but I think there is wisdom to learn from the early church for pastors, church leaders and anyone ministering/mentoring persons in faith. What is the Big Takeaway - The earliest church (100-300 AD) rather than having any sort of…

How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten

Sparta, Rome and Christianity Historian Tom Holland made a name for himself as a historian before his namesake was cast as Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe..  I first came across his books in the library and I read three of them: Persian Fire, which is about the wars between Greece and Rome, Rubicon,…

#84 Why Church History Matters by Bob Rea (My 100 Favorite Books)

Okay, I'm a little biased with this one.  Bob Rea was my professor, and is a friend, from when I was in seminary at Lincoln Christian Seminary.  I learned a ton from him in class, and had fun chatting with him outside of class (even though he is an Ohio State guy).  He published this…

#91 – Learning Theology With the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall (My 100 Favorite Books)

I've always loved history.  Throughout my life, one of the most impacting times was when I came in contact with the great tradition of the history of my faith.  Over the years I have spent time reading, and learning from, spiritual masters who have gone before.  I've also wrestled with questions and thought long about…

Old Books Are Good For Your Soul

I grew up in imbibing white evangelical American theology.  It was in the air I breathed.  There is much good in that air.  But there is also much that is questionable.  Like others, there came a time in my life when I began to ask questions.  Some questions were small (How come so much contemporary…

Devotional Recommendations?

Students and friends often ask me what books I would recommend for devotional reading.  I admit I am not entirely sure what sort of book they are looking for.  If by devotional they mean a book they can read a few pages each morning that will provide spiritual reflection throughout the day, then nearly anything…

Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus

In my journey through reading Christian classics, I recently read Basil of Caesarea's On the Holy Spirit.  Basil was good friends with Gregory of Nazianzus, together with Basil's brother Gregory they are known as the Cappadocian Fathers.  Their writings were hugely influential in solidifying the doctrine of the Trinity leading up to the Council of…

Basil of Caesarea’s On the Holy Spirit

I recently read through Basil of Caesarea's classic work On the Holy Spirit.  Basil is one of the Cappadocian fathers and this work on the Holy Spirit was hugely influential in the Council of Constantinople's editing and affirmation of the Nicene Creed, including stronger language on the deity of the Spirit.  This work is also…

A People’s History of Christianity (Review)

A People's History of Christianity, named after A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. I liked this book.  But it was not what I expected and it could have been much better.  With the title it has, I expected a retelling of Christian history with a focus on figures, groups and movements…

Know the Creeds, Councils and Heretics by Justin Holcomb

Justin Holcomb has done the Church a favor in publishing two books: Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils.  Both can serve as great introductions to the history of Christian theology, including both what Christians believe and why they believe it.  I could see these books both being used in small group studies…