Didymus the Blind (d. 398 AD)

 Among the great church fathers stands Didymus, who was born in Alexandria around 313 AD.  When he was just four years old he lost his sight.  Although his eyes didn't work, his mind sure did: he taught himself to read by way of feeling carved letters.  He also had a photographic memory and was brilliant… Continue reading Didymus the Blind (d. 398 AD)

Bishop Methodius (d. 312)

In my year-long trek through the Ante Nicene Fathers I have found some great treatises, homilies, and other writings.  One father that I recently finished reading is Methodius, bishop of Olympus and Patara and then Tyre until he was martyred in 312.  Though he learned much from Origen, Methodius was largely critical of him, as is evident in at least two of his… Continue reading Bishop Methodius (d. 312)

…Whose God Is Their Belly…

 I've been using volume VIII of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ed. by Mark Edwards) as I teach/preach through Philippians.  There are a bunch more in this IVP set (Thomas Oden is the general editor), and I do recommend them for OT/NT studies.  So far, I'm quite impressed with this commentary.  It contains excerpts of… Continue reading …Whose God Is Their Belly…

Cyprian, Martyrs, and Jesus

It is hard to speak about martyrdom for a few reasons.  First, we don’t want to sugar coat it or make it something to necessarily strive for.  Second, we don’t want to avoid it and act as if it is not a real thing that Christians have been and are being disemboweled just because they… Continue reading Cyprian, Martyrs, and Jesus

Apostolic Fathers: A Great Resource

This source is a gem.  The latest edition (3rd) of  the Greek/English text of the Apostolic Fathers (edited by M. W. Holmes) is a sturdy, easy to read primary source of early church theology and piety.  The Greek font is easy to read, and the English text on the opposing page quite closely matches it,… Continue reading Apostolic Fathers: A Great Resource