March 12th means we have arrived at the 12th century of church history. Our writer’s work has survived to our time. His writing has been admired by Catholics and Protestant thinkers right up to our time:
“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is love.” Bernard of Clairvaux
This minisode centers on the reading of a excerpt from Chapter 1 of “On Loving God” by the 12th century monk Bernard of Clairvaux.
Link to Christian Classics Ethereal Library’s webpage for the treatise “On Loving God” can be found here
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In Episode 43, we discuss a once universally-celebrated feast of the Church which today is forgotten by many, namely, the Feast of Our Lord’s Ascension back to Heaven.
Link to Robert DeMoor’s article on the decline of the feast of the Ascension can be found here.
Links to Curate Steve Collier’s blog entries from “Christ: Sun of Righteousness” which discusses the importance of Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascension as found in Psalms 22, 23, and 24 can be found here, here and here.
Link to Ascension Day Meditation from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama can be found here.
Picture included is the painting “Ascension of Christ” by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1636)
In Episode 33, we conclude our discussion of the article: “Hearts Sweetly Refreshed”: Puritan Spiritual Practices Then and Now” by Tom Schwanda.
Link to the article at Reformed Spiritual Network here
Link to Dr. Tom Schwanda’s doctoral thesis on Isaac Ambrose (in pdf) here
Link to article on Union WIth Christ by Michael Horton here
Link to lectures 1 and 2 on Union With Christ by Mike Reeves of Theology Network in the UK here
Link to lecture 3 on Union With Christ by Mike Reeves of Theology Network in the UK here
Link to “sampler” book on how other Puritans saw Union With Christ in the Song of Songs (The Love of Christ by Richard Sibbes) on Amazon here
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Episode 32 is the first of a two part program exploring the article “Hearts Sweetly Refreshed” by Tom Schwanda which touches on Puritan spiritual disciplines. In it, we discuss the theology of union with Christ by examining the writings of the 17th century Puritan minister Isaac Ambrose and how they tie into the works of Christian writers such as Bernard of Clairvaux, A.W. Tozer and Ann Voskamp.
Link to the article at the Reformed Spirituality Network website
Link to Dr. Tom Schwanda’s Ph.D thesis on Soul Recreation which expands on the article.
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