My “ask”: is it worthwhile that I continue to post at this blog my work through these two books, or is it way too far afield? I am not sure I will follow whatever responses I receive to this, but I do want a sense of this community on this question.
Regarding the following two books:
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones
Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching, Vol.2 - The Sermon on the Mount, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
I have heard you loud and clear, and am overwhelmed by your response.
I knew that by writing on what I found meaningful about the two books on the Sermon on the Mount, I would gain much more insight than I would by merely reading it. And I could have done this writing and just kept a running word document or some such. But I felt without the objective of publishing at the blog, I might not stick to the writing part of the work. And my learning would be the lesser for it. So I asked the question, and I will publish at the blog.
These books are rather long, so the work will continue for quite some time. To try to remain efficient at this, I am going to try to limit my focus to just a handful of other books, as follows:
These first two are rather short: I am mostly through On the Incarnation, by St. Athanasius, and will soon finish this work. In the same field, I will follow this with Why God Became Man, by St. Anselm. While I have for quite some time come to conclude that Christ’s work on the cross would not be complete or sufficient unless he was both God and man, I have some people close to me who are quite comfortable that His being man was enough.
For this reason, I wanted a better grounding by reading those who are far more qualified than I am on this topic – not for my faith, but so I can be a better apologist.
I will also continue through The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, by Matthew Barrett. This is also an extremely long book. My interest in this book is due to finding myself falling into the pit of believing that much of what the Reformers gave us theologically was new, with little grounding in early Christianity.
Sure, they could present good Biblical arguments for their positions, but these were ideas not found in the early Church fathers. Concerned about my drift and that it was guided by ignorance, I decided this book would be a good vehicle through which I would gain a better-informed view.
I am sure once in a while a topic will come up on which I feel I have something of value to add. What I will try to do is stay disciplined and focused on the books listed here without adding a few more to the active file.
At the same time, I am buried in some personal projects, and am trying to find a way to better organize my time to be more productive such that I can attend to those and pick up the pace of my writing for the blog to at least two, if not three, posts per week. I think I will have to do this if I am ever to get through the three long books on this list in any reasonable amount of time.
Yet, returning to the present subject: I really do appreciate the positive response regarding my ask.