November at The Ladder

Feast of Sts Cosmas & Damian the Holy Unmercenaries of Asia, & their Mother Theodota

Ladder_of_Ascent_Close_Up_Square.jpgThe Society of Simple Souls continues to work its way through G. K. Chesterton's The Ball and the Cross. They meet on November 5 and 19, from 7 - 9 pm.

The Hall of Men will have its final gathering for the year on November 12. Ben Davis will be presenting... Continue Reading

This Week at The Ladder: A Great Conversation on Sports

Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-Streamer

Ladder_of_Ascent_Close_Up_Square.jpgIF YOU LIVE in Wichita and the surrounding area, join us this evening for a great conversation! Mike Witherspoon will be moderating a dialogue on the impact of team sports on families, churches, and schools.

We'll be at The Ladder, headquarters for Eighth Day Institute, from 7 - 9 pm.

The conversation has already begun with twelve submitted abstracts. You can get... Continue Reading

Are You Ready for a Great Conversation?

Sport_Equip_Square.jpgFeast of St Hilarion the Great

Great Conversationalists,

We are one week away from this year's kick-off gathering: Tuesday, October 27, 7 pm at The Ladder (behind Hannah Banana and West of Eighth Day Books at 2836 E. Douglas).

The topic: "In the current American milieu, and in the light of 1 Timothy 4:8, the psycho-social, spiritual, and economic costs or negatives from the emphasis on youth sports outweigh the benefits... Continue Reading

Eighth Day Books Celebrates 27 Years This Weekend

Feast of St Artemius the Great Martyr of Antioch

Eighth_Day_Books_Square.jpgEIGHTH DAY Books will celebrate its 27th birthday this weekend.

They'll be running a great sale all day Friday and Saturday. Every new book in stock is 20% off, and their outstanding collection of used and vintage books are marked down 35%.

Hours will be extended both Friday and Saturday. And Saturday evening, the Jack Korbel Confluence will provide live acoustic... Continue Reading

Neopatristic Synthesis in The Daily Word

Feast of St Artemius the Great Martyr of Antioch

Church_Fathers_Square_2.pngTHIS PAST Saturday I presented our second Fall Table Talk in a series titled “For the Life of a Secular Age.” The series is an attempt at a condensed version of my dissertation in four monthly lectures. 

The first lecture, back in September, summarized the secularization thesis as the diminishing significance of religion that is an inevitable result of modernization. And it... Continue Reading

This Week at the Ladder: Sisters of Sophia & Hall of Men

Feast of St Joel the Prophet

Ladder_of_Ascent_Close_Up_Square.jpgTHE SISTERS of Sophia have their second meeting this Tuesday evening, October 20. Barb Orsi will be presenting Christina Rosetti, an English poet who wrote romantic, devotional and children’s poems. Doors open at The Ladder at 6:15, food served at 6:30, Eighth Day Convocation at 7:30, followed by Barb’s presentation with Q & A from 8:15-8:30.

THE HALL of Men also gathers this week on... Continue Reading

Great Conversations: A New Name for the New Symposium

Feast of St Longinus the Centurion

Plato_Aristotle_Square.jpgFOR THE LAST two years, my friend Mike Witherspoon has been organizing an event he called "The New Symposium." Three times a year, he invited his friends to present their positions on a pre-established topic. They met in a home and he moderated the dialogue.

In a recent conversation, we decided this event seemed to fit well with our work of cultural renewal. The event’s... Continue Reading

This Week at The Ladder: Society of Simple Souls and Fall Table Talks

Feast of St Cosmos the Hagiopolite

Ladder_of_Ascent_Close_Up_Square.jpgTHE SOCIETY of Simple Souls meets this Thursday evening, 7 pm at The Ladder. They'll continue reading their way through The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton at chapter 5. Don't fret if you've missed previous meetings, you'll still enjoy it immensely. Bring food to share if you'd like, and bring a friend or two.

Our Fall Table Talks continue on Saturday at... Continue Reading

Iconography in the Daily Word

Feast of St Benjamin the Deacon

Seventh_ecumenical_council.jpgTHIS PAST Sunday was the Sunday of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. This council convened in Nicaea in 787 A.D., the same city as the First Ecumenical Council of 325 A.D. Like the First Ecumenical Council, the issue at stake was again Christological. This time, however, the focus was not on whether Christ was fully divine, but whether He could be portrayed in His humanity. In... Continue Reading

Promoting Cultural Renewal at Apprentice Gathering

Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, Son of Alphaeus

Apprentice_Institute_Square.pngWE'RE OUT promoting cultural renewal this weekend. And Eighth Day Books is out peddling great books. We’re both at the Apprentice Gathering.

Partnering with Friends University, the Apprentice Institute is hosting its fifth annual conference. The theme for the weekend is “The Joy of Kingdom Living.” Speakers include Mae Elise Cannon, James Catford, Christena Cleveland, Alan Fadling, Richard Foster, Todd Hunter,... Continue Reading

Extra! Extra! Read all about 2015 Eighth Day Endeavors.

Feast of St Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia

Square_1_Newsboy.jpegTHIS EIGHTH year for Eighth Day Institute has been a pivotal year. We kicked it off with our most successful symposium yet, with over 350 attendees participating from 15 states. We launched our new website, which offers daily passages from the Fathers, along with weekly book reviews from Eighth Day Books and weekly blog posts from a wide range of contributors, including the... Continue Reading

Sisters of Sophia: Beginning September 15

Feast of the Holy Apostle Thaddaeus

Sophia_Square.jpeg"You are the bearer of God's infinite life."

Eighth Day Institute is about to give birth. Again. This time, to an opportunity for women to connect with each other through the examination of wise women of the faith. I am grateful to be a sort of midwife in the development of this adventure. I contend that women, even those who haven’t experienced... Continue Reading

Bibliotheca: The Eighth Day Blog

Feast of Pamphilus the Martyr and His Companions


Although we cannot officially substantiate the following claim, we consider St. Photius the Great, a ninth-century Patriarch of Constantinople, the patron saint of blurbs. Fulfilling a request from his brother Tarasius, St. Photius composed a work in which he reviewed 279 books. These books included both Christian and pagan works. Most of the Christian works were patristic theology and... Continue Reading

A Dialogue of Love: Wonder & Mystery in a Secular Age

Feast of the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian & John Chrysostom


Two weeks out and buzz from our fifth annual Eighth Day Symposium is still in the air, both locally and nationally. Check out, for instance, Rod Dreher’s raving review of Eighth Day Books at the American Conservative. Or, read this review of the... Continue Reading