Christmas, the Incarnation and Our Union with God

Christmas is days away.  I want to share a few thoughts on the incarnation, inspired by the writings of some of my favorite of the early Church Fathers.  Since I first discovered the early church fathers and mothers when I was in seminary, my faith has been enriched by reading them. God Became Human = Humans […]

#79 – The Five Theological Orations by Gregory Nazianzus (My 100 Favorite Books)

I love the work of those great Christian thinkers who hammered out the Trinitarian understanding of God in the early Church, so I had to include at least one of their works in my list.  These early thinkers were so influential that I’d say we can believe God as a unity of three equally divine […]

What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)

We all have notions of what God is like.  These ideas and images are built from all sorts of sources – stories, pop culture, holy scriptures, teachers, friends.  I imagine even atheists have some picture in their minds of what the God they do not believe in is like.  In many cases, it is just […]

Listening to the Saints – Gregory of Nyssa’s Great Catechism

I have so enjoyed working through the writings of long dead Christians whose work has stood the test of time.  Recently I’ve been reading the Cappadocian Fathers, three men who lived in the second half of the 300s.  Their work on the Trinity and Christian spirituality is fantastic. Gregory of Nyssa’s The Great Catechism is […]

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 […]

The Beauty of the Infinite – Review

Like anyone, I enjoy listening to music.  I never learned to play an instrument and I don’t really have a critical ear for the skills of musicians.  But I have friends who are skilled musicians.  We can listen to the same song and because of their understanding of music, they appreciate the song on a […]

Summer in Thessalonica 4 – Transformation

13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches […]