Gregory of Nazianzus

Gregory of Nazianzus was one of the early church fathers. Here are a few thoughts of his for your encouragement. We are not made for ourselves alone, we are made for the good of all our fellow creatures. I cannot think on the one without quickly being encircled by the splendor of the three; nor […]

The Beauty of God’s People

The Scriptures tell us that the created world is one of the most eloquent heralds of God’s beauty and glory (Ps 19:1, Rom 1:19-20). The reason creation is a testimony to the beauty of God is because it mirrors its Creator. This is especially true of humanity. If the heavens declare the glory of God […]

A Biblical Framework for Encouragement: Church

The presence of the church in the world is intended to be a tremendous source of encouragement. It is for encouragement that we gather and it is encouragement that we are called to bring to the world. The book of Hebrews tells us that encouragement is an important means of safeguarding one another and developing perseverance […]

An Unexpected Lesson on Humility

Tabletalk is a book that captures conversations between Martin Luther and his students. Many of these conversations were said to take place around Luther’s dinner table. In a section from Tabletalk below, Luther teaches a profound and unexpected lesson on humility. He argues that the angels are a living lesson in humility, one that should be emulated. The […]

The Nicene Creed

The Nicene creed was written around A.D. 325. It was adopted in the face of the Arian controversy. Arius, a Libyan presbyter in Alexandria, had declared that although the Son was divine, he was a created being and therefore not equal with the Father. He made the statement “there was when he was not.” This belief made Jesus less than […]

The Apostle’s Creed

The Apostle’s Creed is one of the earliest creeds. Some have suggested that it was originally written around 170 A.D. It is widely used today in many denominations as a statement of faith. The simplicity of the creed points to the fact that it was written before many of the doctrinal debates that served as a […]

The Value of the Creeds

Creed comes from the latin word credo meaning “I believe.” The creeds of the church capture the central tenets of our faith. As such they have come to represent the heart of orthodox Christian doctrine. Phillip Schaff in his book Creeds of Christendom states that creeds “are mile-stones and finger-boards in the history of Christian doctrine. They embody […]

The Indwelling Christ

Most discussions on indwelling appropriately focus on the Holy Spirit. At the same time, it is important to see a number of texts that connect indwelling to Christ. In fact, the New Testament is quite clear that the indwelling Spirit is the mediator of Christ’s presence with his people. Jesus indwells us by means of […]

Early Christian Writing on the Lord’s Supper

In the previous post I shared a portion of the Didache on the theme of baptism. In this post, we turn to the Didache to see what it says about the Lord’s Supper. Now  about  the  thanksgiving,  give  thanks  this  way: First,  about  the  cup:  “We  thank  you,  our  Father,  for  the  holy  vine  of  your […]