Last week I finished reading "Acquiring the Mind of Christ: Embracing the Vision of the Orthodox Church" by Sergius Bowyer. It was another recommendation, this time from a member of Ascension. Theological reading has been a favorite for me since seminary, as opposed liturgy or church history, although I enjoy those too.
This book offered a look at Christian theology through the lens of the Orthodox Church. We, in the Episcopal Church, enjoy some common framework with the Orthodox Church (as well as the Roman Catholic Church). Indeed, our reliance on our liturgy to inform our theology and general understanding is central to our way of being. I have tried to also reinforce the notion that we are 'to be Christ' to the world through my preaching and teaching. So, I found this concept of working to 'acquire' the mind of Christ quite fitting.
I enjoyed the general work of the book. It concludes with a series of sermons and prayers. I thought this was particularly helpful. I have not always enjoyed reading sermons, like reading plays, it is sometimes difficult to make them come to life in this secondary format. Although, in this instance I quite enjoyed them. The book is a relatively short read, if you are looking for something theological, that can touch on how our liturgy can help you acquire the mind of Christ, I suggest it. Perhaps it will even help as you seek to be Christ to the world.