Reformed Theology and the Church Fathers

One of the many great things about Reformed theology is the fact that it stands firmly in the line of historic Christian doctrine and truth. The Reformers and the post-Reformation theologians were very much appreciative of the church fathers like Augustine, Cyril, Chrysostom, and so on. For example, when the Reformers and Reformed theologians after… Continue reading Reformed Theology and the Church Fathers

The Martyrdom of Paul and of Peter (Eusebius)

When reading the New Testament it is clear that right from the start there were very fierce opponents of the gospel. Not nearly everyone was a fan of the Christian message or the Christian church. For just one example, we learn about Stephen's martyrdom in Acts 7. Certainly other Christians were persecuted as well, although… Continue reading The Martyrdom of Paul and of Peter (Eusebius)

O Beautiful Confession! (Cyril)

The Bible commentaries and sermons from the early church fathers are often extremely helpful. Quite often I'll get more out of the commentaries or sermons of Chyrostom, Ambrose, Cyril, and Augustine than the modern commentaries on my shelves. In fact, my own sermons and studies would suffer if I neglected the sermons and commentaries of… Continue reading O Beautiful Confession! (Cyril)

Dusty Bibles and the Early Church (Chrysostom)

I'm sure most of us have heard the criticism that some Christians have Bibles that are dusty. That is, too often Christians simply don't read their Bibles so their Bibles get dusty, so to speak. We're not the only generation of Christians that haven't read our Bibles as we should. One well-known preacher in the… Continue reading Dusty Bibles and the Early Church (Chrysostom)

She Was Devoted to Serving the Church

Around 395 AD some Christians in and around Constantinople were being persecuted for their faith. One such Christian who faced persecution was Pentadia, a deaconess of the church there in Constantinople. After her husband was found and banished from the city, Pentadia was also targeted. Her story intersects with that of Chrysostom. Here's how one… Continue reading She Was Devoted to Serving the Church