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Gregory of Nyssa’s Sermon on the Nativity

Gregory of Nyssa (335 - 395 AD) is known as one of the great Cappadocian Fathers and twice served as the Bishop of Nyssa, from 372 to 376 and 378 to 395. His theological works were influential on matters of the Trinity, and, as a staunch defender of orthodox...

Leo the Great’s Sermon on the Nativity

Leo the Great (400 - 461 AD) served as the Bishop of Rome from 440 to 461 AD. Prior to the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon, he issued what would become known as the Tome of Leo to Flavian I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, on the two natures of Christ, which...

Gregory of Nazianzus’ Sermon on the Nativity

Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 AD), sometimes referred to as Gregory the Theologian, was a fourth century Cappadocian Father of the Church, and Archbishop of Constantinople who had a significant impact on our understanding of the Trinity and the consubstantiality of...

Gregory the Great’s Sermon on the Nativity

Gregory the Great (540-604 AD), the son of a Roman senator and one time Prefect of Rome, served as the Bishop of Rome from 590 to 604 AD, where he instigated what would become known as the Gregorian/Augustinian Mission (596 AD) to Briton led by Augustine of...

Augustine of Hippo’s Sermon on the Nativity

Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430 AD) served as the Bishop of Hippo Regius in Northern Africa and, in the West, is largely considered the second greatest theologian (after the Apostle Paul) the Church has ever produced, with his influence and theology felt throughout most...

John Chrysostom’s Sermon on the Nativity

Note: For the week leading up to Christmas, I have decided to share the thoughts on the Nativity of Christ from the Early Church Fathers in order to prepare us for the coming of our Lord and Savior, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of world. John Chrysostom...

Die to the World and Live to God

There is a lure, an unavoidable temptation that we feel that seeks to draw us to the world and the things of it. It pulls at us even as we seek to focus our minds and our attention on God, creating tension within us. This tension, in turn, works to wrestle us from the...

Always Reforming

When Martin Luther first nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church door was little doubt he had no idea the far-reaching implications of what it was that he was setting in motion. Though the Church in the West had been challenged before, on October 31st,...

Forsaking the Vanity of Many

It is, perhaps, one of the easiest things in the world for us to compromise on truth. Though we are called to faith, transformed by the power of the Spirit, we still live in this world, and it’s a world that frequently conflicts with the Scripture. Perpetually...

Our Restless Hearts

It’s perhaps not terribly out of line to say that we are an anxious people, often times difficult to satisfy regardless of the blessings that we enjoy. We are always looking for something more, as if unable to find contentment, wanting things to be different than they...

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