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Would you like to spend a year with the Church Fathers? Get the best treasury of Church Father quotes available in English today

January 27th, 2012
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Concordia Publishing House recently published Dr. Scott Murray’s book A Year with the Church Fathers. You can read more about it here and see a sample from the book. At the recently concluded theological symposium in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes made a formal presentation of the book to Dr. Murray, with these words. I thought you would appreciate them.

“Christianity is a historical religion. And we know from the fourth commandment that we have the obligation to honor not only our physical fathers and mothers, but also our fathers in the faith, and our mother the Church. Thus, we should hear the voice of our church fathers, those who have taught Holy Scripture in the history of the Church. These church fathers, of course, are not infallible oracles, but fathers and teachers.

“Dr. Scott Murray’s A Year With the Church Fathers shows that among these fathers and teachers, the Gospel was alive and well. This book is:

• Much more than a devotional book.
• It’s a garden of sweet spices having the aroma of Jesus Christ.
• It is a liturgical book, following the daily lectionary of Lutheran Service Book and the Treasury of Daily Prayer.
• It is well suited for daily personal use, and daily use amid a worshipping community.
• It is a patristic commentary on nearly the whole Bible, offering thoughts and comments for preaching, teaching, and devotions.

“Dr. Murray sums up what we can gain from the fathers when he writes:

“I am continually amazed by the courage and true leadership displayed by the ancient Fathers. Upon reading the work of these saints, bishops, presbyters, and theologians, I have often prayed for leaders like them who, conversant with Scripture as their meat and drink, would write sublimely Gospel-centered sermons, letters, and courageous defenses of the faith of the Church. Upon reading their words, I repent of my arrogant modernism that presumes that what was written before I was born is unimportant, stuffy, and faded. Upon studying them, I grieve for the lack of immediacy in my own expression and my inability to paint a picture of Christ crucified with sufficiently compelling colors (Galatians 3:1). Their speech is full of the Gospel. They are clear that salvation comes not from us but from God. John Chrysostom, the great preacher and bishop, testified that “Nothing is from ourselves” (John Chrysostom, Homilies on 2 Corinthians, 11.4). Everything comes from God. No wonder then that the Fathers often exhibit powerful insights into the Word of God.

“Dr. Murray, Concordia Publishing House congratulates you on the occasion of the publication of your new book, the best treasury of the fathers that the English language has yet seen. Thank you.”

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  1. Rich Kauzlarich
    January 27th, 2012 at 14:26 | #1

    Any chance this will appear in Kindle format?

  2. pastor Taras
    January 27th, 2012 at 17:35 | #3

    good news!

  3. Sven Wagschal
    January 28th, 2012 at 10:08 | #4

    As far as I can see in the sample, these texts are not the same as those in Treasury of Daily Prayer – so both books can be used at the same time without reading the exactly same texts from the fathers on a given day?
    Wow, a real “Väterlesung”, as it was common in Matins and Vespers in its original form. We definitely need something like that in German for daily offices.

  4. Jesse
    January 28th, 2012 at 20:18 | #5

    It would be way cool in the future to have the ability to buy expansion packs for the Treasury of Daily Prayer iOS app. That way I could switch out or add additional meditations from TDP companion volumes such as this one.

    But I know that software development is expensive and there may not be a market for such a thing.

    • January 28th, 2012 at 20:28 | #6

      That is a cool idea, Jesse. These days, I never say never about such things. The technology is changing so quickly, you just never know what may be possible. Exciting times.

  5. January 31st, 2012 at 08:32 | #7

    Paul, when can we expect Daily Readings in the Old Testament?

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