The Teaching of the 12

The Teaching of the 12: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community By Tony Jones Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2009 Review by Carl McColmanThe Didache is one of the most ancient of Christian documents. Its name is related to the English word "didactic," which gives a clue to its content: it is a teaching manual, offering spiritual and moral guidance to new converts to the community of faith. It's not very long (in this book, the complete text of the … [Read more...]

The Places that Scare You

The American Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön has written a book called The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times. I haven't read it yet, although I like her work and so I hope to one of these days; but I'm mentioning it because the title alone is, for me, provocative. Sooner or later meditation or contemplation alone will take us to the places that scare us. Indeed, life will take us to the places that scare us. We lose a job, a relationship, a valued possession, our h … [Read more...]

Sorry, but I’ll be a little late…

Recently I signed on to be part of a "blog tour" — in which different bloggers would read and reflect on Tony Jones' new book, The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing & Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community. I was supposed to write about this book on December 7. Alas, the gremlins of miscommunication did their work, and I did not receive my copy of the book until Tuesday — the day after I was scheduled to offer my .02 to the trans-blogged conversation. My apo … [Read more...]


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