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

Two Good Reads

A few weeks back I finished this historical biography on Anne Bradstreet (1612-1642) by Faith Cook: Anne Bradstreet Pilgrim and Poet (Carlisle: EP Books, 2010).  This is a great introduction to an amazing Puritan woman's life, times, and writings.  Anne came to America with some of the first Puritan refugees in the 1630s and faced… Continue reading Two Good Reads

Following Jesus in a Consumer Society

 This is quite a powerful book: Following Christ in a Consumer Society - The Spirituality of Cultural Resistance (2nd rev. ed) by the Jesuit priest, John F. Kavanaugh (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2006).  Originally written in 1981 and updated twice (1991 & 2006), this book is a serious unmasking of the consumerist powers that be.  Kavanaugh points out the dominate traits… Continue reading Following Jesus in a Consumer Society

This Kingdom, That Kingdom

The Epistle to Diognetus (c. 150 AD?) is a sort of apologetic work whose author scholars debate (Hippolytus? Theophilus of Antioch? Pantaenus?).  Regardless of the author, there are some outstanding themes and notes about early Christianity in this epistle.  Here's one that we might call a nice definition of two kingdoms or pilgrim theology.  I'll… Continue reading This Kingdom, That Kingdom