On the Way to the Cross

On the Way to the Cross

40 Days with the Church Fathers

Edited by Thomas C. Oden and Joel C. Elowsky
Compiled by Cindy Crosby

On the Way to the Cross
  • Length: 130 pages
  • Published: October 19, 2011
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-3567-6
  • Item Code: 3567
  • Case Quantity: 76

This unique devotional by Thomas C. Oden and Joel Elowsky and edited by Cindy Crosby offers forty days of devotional comments from the church fathers about the Gospel of John. Based on the daily Gospel reading cycle from the Book of Common Prayer and written in a brief daily format, this is a perfect resource for Lenten use!

"While designed for use during Lent, On the Way to the Cross provides valuable material for devotions any time of the year. Highly recommended for church libraries."

Carolyn Egolf, Congregational Libraries Today, Vol. XLVII, No. 1

"Oden . . . and Elowsky have written a reliable guide for prayer in the ancient way of the church fathers."

Roy W. Howard, The Presbyterian Outlook, February 6, 2012

"The reflections of the Church Fatthers are surprisingly relevant to life in our contemporary world. The insights are profound and can serve as motivation for additional thought, prayer, and meditation."

John Bernstein, CBA Retailers + Resources, December 2011


Daily Confession
Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four
Week Five
Week Six

Thomas C. Oden

Thomas C. Oden (1931–2016), was a pioneering theologian and served as the architect and general editor for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, the first full-scale early Christian commentary on Scripture in the last five hundred years. He was also the general editor of the Ancient Christian Doctrine series and the Ancient Christian devotionals, as well as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity.

Oden’s self-described mission was “to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity.” A prolific writer and seasoned teacher, Oden also served as the director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, and was active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church.

Find out about Tom Oden's work with the Center for Early African Christianity.

Read IVP's press release: Thomas C. Oden, a Dynamic Figure in 20th and 21st Century Christianity, Dies.

BY Thomas C. Oden

Joel C. Elowsky

The Rev. Dr. Joel C. Elowsky (PhD, Drew University) is associate professor of historical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has served as the operations manager for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and has edited the two volumes on John's Gospel in that series. He is the volume editor for We Believe in the Holy Spirit in the Ancient Christian Doctrine series and has edited volumes on Theodore of Mopsuestia and Cyril of Alexandria in the Ancient Christian Texts series.

BY Joel C. Elowsky

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