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

Polycarp: “Away with the Atheists!”

For various reasons, it is sometimes difficult to gauge the accuracy of ancient uninspired literature. The ancient methods and customs of writing were often different than they are today. Scholars have spent a lot of time and energy working to learn how accurate various ancient sources are. One such example is the Martyrdom of Polycarp.… Continue reading Polycarp: “Away with the Atheists!”

Didymus the Blind

Young 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… Continue reading Didymus the Blind