Today, in reviewing a paper I heard presented last week, I found myself working with the Shepherd of Hermas, an extra-canonical Christian document that was very popular in the 2nd century CE. There are two versification systems in use for Hermas, which can be a bit frustrating when trying to locate the specific verses being discussed. Continue reading “Shepherd of Hermas Reference Conversion Chart”
Recently, I found myself exasperated while trying to find the referent of a particular footnote which cited Joachim Jeremias’s The Parables of Jesus. The book has been published, revised, and translated so many times in both German and English that it can be infuriating trying to figure out which edition any given author is referring to.
Nouwen, Henri J.M. The Way of the Heart: Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry. New York: Seabury, 1981.
Drawing from the Desert Fathers, Nouwen begins by demonstrating the fruitfulness of practicing solitude. He names the enemies of spirituality as anger and greed, arguing that as we allow ourselves to encounter and be transformed by Christ, these two hold less and less of a grip on our lives. The compulsive, self-centred life that we tend to live is replaced in the light of Christ by a life of compassion for others. Continue reading “Review: “The Way of the Heart””
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together. Translated by John W. Doberstein. London, UK: SCM, 1954.
Bonhoeffer’s classic, Life Together presents us with a vision of community that is completely Christ-centred. As the basis of his theories, he draws a stark distinction between the true Christian community, which is instituted and sustained by God, and our selfish human attempts to (unsuccessfully) reproduce it by our own hand. Continue reading “Review: “Life Together””