#84 Why Church History Matters by Bob Rea (My 100 Favorite Books)

Okay, I'm a little biased with this one.  Bob Rea was my professor, and is a friend, from when I was in seminary at Lincoln Christian Seminary.  I learned a ton from him in class, and had fun chatting with him outside of class (even though he is an Ohio State guy).  He published this … Continue reading #84 Why Church History Matters by Bob Rea (My 100 Favorite Books)

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#91 – Learning Theology With the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall (My 100 Favorite Books)

I've always loved history.  Throughout my life, one of the most impacting times was when I came in contact with the great tradition of the history of my faith.  Over the years I have spent time reading, and learning from, spiritual masters who have gone before.  I've also wrestled with questions and thought long about … Continue reading #91 – Learning Theology With the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall (My 100 Favorite Books)

Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus

In my journey through reading Christian classics, I recently read Basil of Caesarea's On the Holy Spirit.  Basil was good friends with Gregory of Nazianzus, together with Basil's brother Gregory they are known as the Cappadocian Fathers.  Their writings were hugely influential in solidifying the doctrine of the Trinity leading up to the Council of … Continue reading Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus

Know the Creeds, Councils and Heretics by Justin Holcomb

Justin Holcomb has done the Church a favor in publishing two books: Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils.  Both can serve as great introductions to the history of Christian theology, including both what Christians believe and why they believe it.  I could see these books both being used in small group studies … Continue reading Know the Creeds, Councils and Heretics by Justin Holcomb

Walking with the Saints – John Wesley’s Journal

In January I set out to read John Wesley's journal.  Over the years I have found great spiritual nourishment in reading the works from Christian saints through the ages: Theresa of Avila, Brother Lawrence, Julian of Norwich, John Calvin, John of the Cross and more.  Since I consider myself "Wesleyan" in my theology, I figured … Continue reading Walking with the Saints – John Wesley’s Journal