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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Irenaeus and the Gnostics

While I have long enjoyed devotional material from Oswald Chambers and Brennan Manning, I sometimes engage in "daily offices" when I am working on strengthening my devotional disciplines. I first encountered that phrase when I was talking to my then-pastor Larry Ousley. I told Larry I sometimes picked up an old Methodist Book of Worship and used an order of worship for devotional time.

"Oh, you're doing daily offices," he said.

I had never heard the phrase before, but I have since read that it has its roots in what are called canonical hours of prayers set by the Roman Catholic Church. My research tells me that it has also been called "divine office," from the Latin officium divinum, or "divine service," "divine duty."

My favorite source of daily office is from Mission St. Clare. (The source of this Web site appears to be the Mission Santa Clara in Santa Cruz, Calif., which dates to 1777.)

The daily office from Mission St. Clare includes biographies by James E. Kiefer. The Society of Archbishop Justus' Web site describes Kiefer as "a quiet soul whose day job is in a government research laboratory, but who enriches all of us by using his spare time to write down the stories of the people who, through the centuries, have made the Christian church be what it is today."

Today's was on Irenaeus. If you get a chance, check it out. It's a fascinating look at an early bishop and his battle with Gnosticism.