They Dwell…As Sojourners

  I've posted this before, but it's worth putting here again: This is such a great section of the 2nd century Chrisitan letter called "The Epistle to Diognetus".  It is a good commentary on the teaching of Christ and his apostles that this present age, this present world, is not our permanent home (John 17; 1… Continue reading They Dwell…As Sojourners

In But Not Of This World (Epistle to Diognetus)

This is such a great section of the 2nd century Chrisitan letter called "The Epistle to Diognetus".  It is good commentary on the teaching of Christ and his apostles that this present age, this present world, is not our permanent home (John 17; 1 Pet. 1:1, etc.). For Christians are not distinguished from the rest… Continue reading In But Not Of This World (Epistle to Diognetus)

A Wilderness Situation

We’ve been using Hywel Jones’ Let’s Study Hebrews for our winter Bible study material.  So far we really appreciate it.  Here’s a section that brought some encouraging discussion.  In these comments, Jones comments on how Psalm 95 is used in Hebrews 3-4. “As has been said, the writer wants those he is addressing to realize… Continue reading A Wilderness Situation

People as Commodities

 If you're looking for a fascinating study on how consumerism, capitalism, and Madison avenue have contributed to the watering down of Christianity, you'll have to get Following Christ in a Consumer Society by John Kavanaugh.  I like the subtitle of the book: "The Spirituality of Cultural Resistance."  While I disagree with parts of his Catholic ecclesiology… Continue reading People as Commodities

Heavenly Mindedness in the Early Church

When Cyprian (d. 258 AD) wrote to Christians who were being persecuted, one thing he told them (among many) was to keep their eyes fixed on heaven. Perhaps with Hebrews 11 in the background, Cyprian told fellow believers to stand firm in the Christian faith and focus on the life to come. Here are a… Continue reading Heavenly Mindedness in the Early Church