Posts Categorized: Discipleship

Tension and Release

In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov, the youngest brother, Alexey, is a novice in the local monastery serving as an aid to the revered monk, Father Zossima. From his long hours attending Father Zossima, Alexey compiles notes of the saint’s reflections and life story. Before becoming a monk, Zossima served as an officer in… Read more »

Lived their way into a new kind of thinking

“Christian leaders assumed that people did not think their way into a new life; they lived their way into a new kind of thinking.” Alan Kreider, in his excellent two books, The Change of Conversion and the Origin of Christendom and The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, shows us that early church leaders focussed… Read more »