Friday, March 27, 2015
The Early Church Fathers: Not Just for Catholics
John Michael Talbot is Catholic, but his work on the early followers of Christ (what we in the modern age might liken to "early adopters" of new technology) is a gift to all Christians, whatever their denomination. Perhaps because of his musical background and his current life in an intentional Christian community, Talbot seamlessly speaks about doctrine and worship, praise and prayer, as if they all fit into one coherent whole--which they do!
I dog-eared several pages in my book. One includes this statement: "If we prefer anything to Christ, we have already made it into a god." The early Church Fathers lived their lives in such a way--preferring Christ to everything, even their own lives. His stories of the early church and the lessons to be learned from their practices is inspiring and instructional.
I received a free review copy of The Ancient Path through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest assessment. I recommend it to pastors, worship leaders, and Bible teachers as well as anyone who enjoys history.