I apologize for getting our Advent reading up late. I’ve had a busy morning. You may find it below.
Be watchful as next week I am aiming to post a concise explanation about the Liturgical (Church) Calendar – its seasons and their meaning – and why it’s important for shaping and nurturing faith in a secular age.
Also forthcoming will be a series of posts looking intimately at Martin Luther’s acclaimed 7 Marks of the Church and why they are necessary concepts to keep in mind, especially for pastors and church leaders in the American evangelical scene.
Is there a particular idea or book you’d like us to explore? Please don’t be shy about offering recommendations.
Lastly, we at The Theologian’s Library cannot say often enough how much we desire to be a helpful resource for the local church and the leaders who’ve dedicated their lives to serving it. We know we are just getting started, and of course there is much work and content development left to be done, but we want this little space to be conduit for finding helpful resources that explore the deep, penetrating truths that have sustained the life of the Church for 2000 years. Perhaps most importantly, we desire this space to be a community of people whose affection for the Church and her theology leads them to better serve her people, thus preparing them to joyfully inhabit the kingdom of God.
Yours in Christ our King,
Caesarius of Arles, Sermons, 187, 3.5
If the king of this world or a family father invited you to this birthday celebration, what garment would you wear other than the newest, most elegant, and most handsome one, so that neither its old age, nor little worth, nor any other unfavorable quality might be offensive in the eyes of your host?
With equal care, then, as best you can and with the help of Christ, make sure you prepare your soul, adorned with many ornaments of virtue, the jewels of simplicity, the flowers of temperance, and sure conscience, the beauty of chastity, the radiance of almsgiving, and the splendor of charity, for the solemn celebration of the Eternal King: the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior.
Indeed, if Christ the Lord sees how well you have prepared yourself to celebrate his birth, he will deign not only to visit your soul, but also to rest and abide there forever, as it is written: ‘I will live with them and move among them’ (2 Cor 6:16); and ‘behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] i will enter his house and dine with them, and he with me.’ (Rev 3:20)