Since starting The Presbytery Inn, I have focused on how to understand Scripture, Culture, and the Christian Life. Not only that, but I have tried to demonstrate how these things can be understood from a confessionally Reformed, and distinctly Westminsterian, perspective.
Thus far, I have been edified and I have gotten encouraging feedback from others in this regard.
I plan to continue the blog in that same mission, providing Reformed content for believers exploring and deepening their connection with the confessional tradition.
…but I am putting a new spin on that. As of late, I have focused my own reading and study in the patristics. For those who don’t know what I mean by that, the term “patristics” refers to the Early Church Fathers, those teachers and theologians of the church who were active in the first millennium of the church, especially in the first 6 centuries as the church was seeking to understand the Triune God and the mystery of the Incarnation.
It must be admitted that modern Reformed folks can become leery of the Early Church Fathers because the Fathers may have articulated their theology in a way that seems foreign to the language of the Reformed churches. It is my hope that I can engage these early traditions and show points of contact and divergence. My goal is that others may find that the Reformed faith is deeply rooted; it is not a novelty of the 16th century.
All of this comes out of my own study and reflection, so if I move away from studying the patristics, this emphasis will also become less noticeable in the blog. And, you’ll still see quotations and references to Calvin, the Puritans, and so on. However, I am hoping we can go back to the sources (“Ad Fontes”) just like those Reformers did themselves.
If you are trying to find a way to dig in to the patristic writers, one great resource is readthefathers.org which provides links to daily, digestible sections from the writings of many early church theologians. Currently, the site is working through Hilary of Poitiers On the Holy Trinity.
I hope you continue to benefit from reading this blog and appreciate any feedback you can give me on it. I do this blog to serve my readers, so when I hear from you it lets me know how I’m doing in that goal!
Thanks for reading so far.