The Future of Churches of Christ

The future of Churches of Christ is a theological question, full stop. I’m struck anew by how unconventional, even peculiar, this claim is for the tradition. And that is why it is necessary to assert unequivocally that what happens next will be a response to our vision and experience of who God is. It willContinue reading “The Future of Churches of Christ”

My First Semester of University Teaching

My first semester of teaching in the hallowed halls of academe is in the rearview, and I’ve caught my breath enough to begin reflecting. It has been a learning experience for all of us! As an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University, I taught three courses in the Fall 2019 term—almost a full load for full-timeContinue reading “My First Semester of University Teaching”

Mission Journal Archive

Mission, a journal associated with Churches of Christ that was published from 1967 to 1988, has been fully digitized by Mac Ice and the team at Abilene Christian University Special Collections. I wrote about Mission a couple of years ago when the project began, and Missio Dei published a few other articles about the journalContinue reading “Mission Journal Archive”

The Easter Sermon of John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom (d. AD 407), Archbishop of Constantinople, is widely acknowledged as one of the church’s greatest preachers.[1. See https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-John-Chrysostom, https://www.theopedia.com/john-chrysostom, https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/pastorsandpreachers/john-chrysostom.html%5D Among Eastern Orthodox churches and various other Christian traditions, this sermon is traditionally read on Easter morning.[2. This translation is from the Fordham University Internet Medieval Source Book. See also Orthodox, Anglican, Reformed,Continue reading “The Easter Sermon of John Chrysostom”

Irenaeus, On the Apostolic Preaching 33–34

For Good Friday [From St. Irenaeus of Lyons, On the Apostolic Preaching, Popular Patristics Series 17, trans. John Behr (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1997).] And the transgression which occurred through the tree was undone by the obedience of the tree—which [was shown when] the Son of Man, obeying God, was nailed to theContinue reading “Irenaeus, On the Apostolic Preaching 33–34”

Athanasius, On the Incarnation 24

For Thursday of Holy Week [From Athanasius the Great of Alexandria, On the Incarnation, Greek Original and English Translation, Popular Patristics Series 44a, trans. John Behr (Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2011.] . . . The Life of all, our Lord and Savior Christ, did not contrive death for his own body, lest heContinue reading “Athanasius, On the Incarnation 24”

Athanasius, On the Incarnation 19

For Wednesday of Holy Week [From Athanasius the Great of Alexandria, On the Incarnation, Greek Original and English Translation, Popular Patristics Series 44a, trans. John Behr (Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2011.] It seemed good to the Savior to do all these things, so that, since human beings did not know his providence inContinue reading “Athanasius, On the Incarnation 19”

Methodius, Fragment 2 of the Homily on the Cross and Passion of Christ

For Tuesday of Holy Week The Same Methodius to Those Who are Ashamed of the Cross of Christ Some think that God also, whom they measure with the measure of their own feelings, judges the same thing that wicked and foolish men judge to be subjects of praise and blame, and that He uses theContinue reading “Methodius, Fragment 2 of the Homily on the Cross and Passion of Christ”