Monday I began blogging about the gospel nature of sanctification. With the many ways we could approach this subject, we began at the very beginning talking of the difference between justification and sanctification. Wednesday I moved on by discussing the gospel nature of sanctification. Today we end our mini series on the Holy Spirit’s work in sanctification in Galatians and Philippians. … Continue reading The Gospel Nature of Sanctification, part 3
James 5:13 says “Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” When I read this, I ask one question: why? What is it about singing that seems to be the fulfillment of joy or cheer? C.S. Lewis has a great answer: But the most obvious fact about praise – whether of God or anything – strangely … Continue reading Are You Joyful? You Should Sing!
From C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, book 2, chapter 3: The Shocking Alternative Why, then, did God give them (us) free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata – of creatures that worked like … Continue reading Man Must be Free for God to be Loving?
On the gulf coast of Florida there are a lot of conservative types, at least in my neck of the woods. I am a conservative myself, but I think hyper-conservative folks miss the mark. Why? a) They have an unhealthy zeal for the 2nd amendment. b) They detest liberals. c) They seem to live under … Continue reading Why Hyper-Conservative People Miss the Mark & Make Me Squirm
J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were contemporaries and friends, authors and professors, soldiers and story-tellers. They make it onto my list of those (dead) people who've influenced me greatly. Why? Two profoundly meaningful reasons to me: Narnia and Middle Earth. Of course when I speak of Narnia and Middle Earth I am referring to … Continue reading Tolkien and Lewis: Breathing Deeply in Narnia and Middle Earth
From Justin Taylor's blog, Between two Worlds: C. S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity: A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the … Continue reading So Heavenly Minded You’re No Earthly Good?
We’ve come to the end of Nahum, and I have to commend you all for being attentive to God’s Word through what is by and large an ignored book of the Bible. Today and the next few days we'll turn our attention to Nahum 3:1-19. I wonder if you feel it? Do you notice the … Continue reading Nahum 3: We are Whores
Did you know John Piper has loads of free books on the Desiring God website? Did you know he just released a new one, that is, again, FREE? Gotta love it. The new book is called Seeing Beauty & Saying Beautifully. It's in the series The Swans are Not Silent, and in this next offering … Continue reading Seeing Beauty & Saying Beautifully
From book 3, chapter 2, of Mere Christianity: The ‘Cardinal Virtues’ – C.S. Lewis says: If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. But, fortunately, it works the other way round. Anyone who is honestly … Continue reading Christianity is Education Itself
For your enjoyment below is a sampling of 15 quotes from the wealth of information given at the Desiring God conference this past month. Enjoy! Douglas Gresham, conference introduction video — This year the conference is titled, “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis.” Jack, my stepfather, would be … Continue reading 15 Quotes from the Desiring God C.S. Lewis Conference
Opening The Chronicles of Narnia to get lost in Aslan’s country is as easy, joyous, inviting, and stunning thing to do, as climbing into a warm bed for comfort and rest. Lewis’ work throughout these seven volumes is indeed legendary, and I’m sure, will be around for many centuries. Though we did not cover all … Continue reading A Good Week to Breath Narnian Air
The Last Battle, the last volume in the Narnian mythology, was awarded the Carnegie medal in 1956 for the best children’s book published that year. That alone tells you that the quality and candor of this book was, and in my opinion still is, in a category of its own. Knowing this, it was very surprising … Continue reading The Last Battle: Surprising Heresy & A Gloriously Small Picture
In the book Voyage of the Dawn Treader we find, what is in my opinion, the second greatest piece of Biblical imagery in the entire mythology. A young boy named Eustace becomes an ugly scaly dragon as a consequence for being selfish and stubborn. The reader feels somewhat happy this happens to him because he has been … Continue reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Worst & Most Beautiful Pain
Though the Horse and His Boy is not a well known work of Lewis’ it is an astounding work of fiction that, in my opinion, applies to all people no matter what age. Shasta, the main character, has always thought of himself as an unfortunate boy, especially in light of his past events where he … Continue reading The Horse and His Boy: God is Sovereign, God is Good
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, perhaps the most well known book in the entire Narnia series, offers a multitude of Biblical imagery for its readers to take notice of. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy wander into Narnia through an old large wardrobe and eventually find out from Mr. and Mrs. Beaver its cold, … Continue reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: The Greatest Image of the Whole