Loving Yourself, Loving Your Neighbor: On Rightly Ordered Love

We all know Jesus' words in Matthew 22:39: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The same command is found in Leviticus 19:18 and elsewhere in Scripture. It's pretty straightforward. However, we might wonder: "What does it mean to love myself? How do I love my neighbor the same way I love myself?" I've read …

Making Scripture Subject to Us? (Augustine)

One of my favorite writings by Augustine (d. 430) is his "Reply to Faustus the Manichaean." It's found in the first series, volume four, of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers set. In this reply, Augustine gave a very robust explanation of a Christ-centered way of interpreting the OT. Augustine does explain this in much detail, …

“Do Not Boast About Faith…” (Augustine)

In his sixth homily on the Gospel of John, Augustine interacted with Donatus and the Donatists of his day. The Donatist Controversy is a larger topic, to be sure. Basically, the Donatists led a moment (schism) in the early church driven by the belief that they were the true church because they were striving for …

Christ in the OT: An Ancient Hermeneutic

Finding Christ in the Old Testament is an ancient hermeneutic. Modern evangelicals did not discover the fact that Christ is on every page of the OT Scriptures. This interpretive method has been around since the days of the early church when the apostles were still alive preaching and writing. The church fathers also interpreted the …

Thinking and Believing, Believing and Thinking

In 428 or 429 AD, Augustine wrote a tract called "On the Predestination of the Saints." In this tract, Augustine refutes the Pelagians on the points of knowledge, faith, the will, God's gifts/grace, etc. It's a classic Christian treatise that is still extremely applicable and helpful for followers of Jesus today. Remember, the Protestant Reformers …

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