This year I am embarking on a personal project. One of my goals is to bring a small measure of the wisdom of 2000 years of Church History to people. After being exposed to the great thinkers, writers, doers, and leaders of the faith in seminary, I have developed a passion to bring these out. Previously, I never knew that such wisdom existed. Reading through the writings and histories of the incredible men and women of the faith was truly inspiring and encouraging.
So with great fanfare and parades (*cue trumpets*), this post is here to announce that henceforth Wednesdays will be dubbed (*cue trumpets*) Wisdom Wednesday. Not that I offer wisdom on my own, but instead this wisdom will come from the saints who have gone before us.
The weekly posts will highlight the ideas, stories, writings, prayers, and legacy left for the Church. These posts will bring the insights from Eastern Orthodox , Roman Catholic, and Protestants voices, males and females, ancient and more contemporary Christians. It will be focusing on small sections of the tapestry of faith that is not often referenced in the contemporary church.
I was impressed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles when I saw the main sanctuary adorned with tapestries crafted with saints from across the ages on them. As I mentioned in a previous post, With All the Saints, “those tapestries serve as a deliberate reminder that we are rooted in generations of fellow Christ followers and that we are not lone rangers.” So in that spirit, I am going to start this project of reintroducing the saints of the faith to the current generation of saints.
Next week, the series will kick off with a look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his powerful book “Life Together.” If you have read it or would like to read it with me, please comment along on the posts. I would love to get your feedback and work through the book. Bonhoeffer’s work is composed primarily from his time at an underground seminary in Nazi Germany before he was captured and ultimately executed. It will be insightful to see what he has to say, especially to our society.
I look forward to our time together as we explore the work of a modern martyr!
(If you would like me to look into an individual, please let me know.)