Ashish Naidu

Transformed in Christ: Christology and the Christian Life in John Chrysostom

By Ashish Naidu Sep. 2, 2012 10:01 p.m. Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology, Historical Theology

I am delighted to announce the recent publication of my monograph titled, Transformed in Christ: Christology and the Christian Life in John Chrysostom, in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series, by Pickwick Publications (Imprint of Wipf and Stock).

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God, the Master Craftsman: A Christmas Meditation

By Ashish Naidu Dec. 23, 2011 10:40 p.m. Culture, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Wonderful is the word that encapsulates the world of horology. The more I read about the art and craft of watch making, the more I reflect on the infinite complexity of the divine mind, particularly the wondrous design and the meticulous plan of salvation—conceived in eternity—but executed in time and space.

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Sacred Space and Art in the Early Church

By Ashish Naidu Oct. 6, 2011 7:28 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Theology, Historical Theology

I have often wondered if the lack of interest in the external beauty of sacred space and décor, which characterizes much of our church culture today, is due to the struggle with dualism? Or is it due to the residual sense of over-correction that we have inherited from the Reformation movement? I suspect it may be both. 

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God, the Author of Reconciliation

By Ashish Naidu Apr. 21, 2011 11:21 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Because of the propitiation of Christ, God’s wrath is satisfied, and we who were once enemies of God have now received “at-one-ment” or reconciliation.

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Godly Wisdom for Christian Conversation

By Ashish Naidu Mar. 9, 2011 11:22 p.m. Church Life, Theology

A friend of mine has a coffee cup with the following words printed on the outside, “Presbyterian Coffee: Predestined to be brewed decently and in order.” I chuckled when I saw it for the first time several years ago. The humorous one-liner nicely captures a couple of representative ideas that are associated with a particular church denomination. An amusing tongue-in-cheek way to integrate the love of coffee, a distinctive theological perspective, and a related view of church polity, one might say! Funny sayings aside, the hallmark of church polity of things being done “decently and in order” actually derives from Paul’s remark in 1 Cor. 14:40, where he instructs believers to be orderly in their worship and to avoid discord and confusion. I suggest that this regulative principle of church polity can be of great service outside its walls, especially in conversational contexts that can be potentially explosive.

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