On the spiritual journey of Christianity, too many of us bypass the library. Many of the greatest theologians of the past aren’t being read or heard today. It’s time to change that.
C.S. Lewis famously wrote of his habit of not reading a new book until he had first read an old one. We think that’s a great rule to live by.
But have you tried to read a really old book lately? Ever attempted one of the great works by the English or Scottish Puritans? Some of the archaic language and expressions are hard to slog through. I’ve had a hard time myself. But the efforts I have made have definitely paid off.
Bringing the treasures of the past into the light
In 2015 I read a work by the Puritan Thomas Brooks titled, The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod. I know, not the the title of a page turner.
Except that as I worked hard to engage with the text and comprehend what Brooks wrote, something happened. I gained a deep appreciation for his insights into the purpose of suffering and hardship in the believer’s life. In our comfortable, 21st-century Western Christianity, not many believers understand that.
And then I wondered how many other vibrantly rich resources like this are sitting on shelves, unread and unappreciated, because we’ve lost sight of old wisdom.
“Why aren’t there more resources to help Christians understand and appreciate these great writings?” I thought. “There should be.”
You know what happens when you point out a need, right? Filling it becomes your responsibility.
I’m asking you to join me on a spiritual journey
I am no expert on Puritan theology or any of the great theological masters. But I am committing to reading these works one by one. I will blog about my thoughts and experiences. And I’ll ask you to join in the conversation with me.
Now, you may think you don’t have time for yet another online commitment. But I let me ask you …
- How many times have you wanted to go deeper in your understanding of the Bible and theology, and how they impact your life?
- Have you ever listened to someone else talk about how meaningful their readings of theological works have been in their lives, and wished it could be the same for you?
- Aren’t you tired of some of today’s books that are a mile wide and an inch deep? Haven’t you longed for richer, more satisfying reading?
I know these are all true of me. So I’m doing something about it.
Theodio is where we bring classic theology to life
- having a companion with you as you read deeply and think profoundly.
- a place where you can bring your questions about these great theological works, seek answers, and maybe make a new friend or two.
- the spiritual growth you might experience as you learn from some of the greatest Christian minds of the past.
Let’s go back together, so we can move forward together.
That’s what I want you to get from Theodio. Are you ready?