I've been reading through the writings of the early Church fathers for an independent study that I am doing at Bethel Seminary. While reading through Clement's Epistle to the Corinthians, I have been struck by how carefully he bases everything he writes on the Scriptures. His basic style is to make a statement of truth and then to spend the rest of the paragraph backing up his point with quotations from the Scriptures. It seems that we only preach and write about topics in our time, assuming that our readers and listeners know that what we are saying is scriptural. Perhaps we could learn from the early Church fathers' emphasis on a basis and foundation for all things that are true.