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


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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.

Joel C. Elowsky

Joel C. Elowsky (PhD, Drew University) is  professor of historical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where he also serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts. He is the editor of various texts including two volumes on John's Gospel and We Believe in the Holy Spirit in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series, and of volumes on Cyril of Alexandria, Theodore of Mopsuestia, and Eusebius of Caesarea.