Monday, January 24, 2011

New Read Along: Universal Truth

Our next Read Along will be in the book, Universal Truth: The Catholic Epistles of  James, Peter, Jude, and John by Orthodox writer Father Lawrence Farley.

This session will begin February 9 and the lessons will be posted online on the Read Along tab.

About the Book
The catholic, or general, epistles of the "other apostles"-James, Peter, Jude and John-are sometimes overshadowed by the stirring theology of the great Apostle to the Gentiles, St. Paul. But these seven epistles are quiet gems of instruction, encouragement and exhortation for all believers. Written at various times and locations and to differing audiences, the general epistles nevertheless share some common themes: endurance under persecution, living out the Faith in a hostile society, discerning heresy by its fruits-namely, immorality and lack of love-and resisting it, holding fast to the apostolic faith. As Fr. Lawrence Farley deftly shows in this commentary, all these are timely themes from which believers today can richly profit.Working from a literal translation of the original Greek, this commentary examines the text section by section, explaining its meaning in everyday language. Written from an Eastern Orthodox and patristic perspective, it maintains a balance between the devotional and the exegetical, feeding both the heart and the mind.


About the Author 

Archpriest Lawrence Farley currently pastors St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Mission in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Toronto and his M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1985 and studied for two years at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. 

You can purchase the book online at Conciliar Press or Amazon. As always, you can receive one credit for each chapter read if you turn in the lesson accompanying it. E-mail lessons to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

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