David Curtis Steinmetz, one of the leading church historians of our time, died this past November at age 79 on Thanksgiving evening.
CHR Comment: Timothy George of Beeson Divinity School writes about an influential mentor for church historians in America. Steinmetz focused his studies on the history of biblical interpretation, taking his work to the heart of what happened in the Reformation and connecting it to the ongoing life of the church, where every service and sermon must grapple with the meaning and application of Scripture.
Source: In Honor of David Steinmetz | Timothy George | First Things
Travel expert Rick Steves describes the traditions of Christians in Cantiano, Italy in this photo-rich essay. Easter in Small-Town Italy Is a Passionate Affair | Rick Steves.
An essay by Baptist theologian John Aloisi on how he, as a modern Evangelical, thinks about the church fathers. When Aloisi writes that you would be hard pressed to find pre-Reformation Fathers saying we are saved by grace through faith alone, he might recall Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The Fathers knew this passage and commented on it.
» Thinking about the Church Fathers.
In this review Tim Grundmeier describes Mark Granquist’s new book but also notes the lack of publications on American Lutheran history compared with other groups.
Religion in American History: The Problem of American Lutheran Histor(iograph)y.