Monthly Archives: August 2017

  • Mere Christianity, Part 2

    In Book 2 of Mere Christianity, Lewis moves from the more general and basic topic of natural law that testifies to the existence of God to more specific core issues that relate to Christianity as a whole—that is, he moves to what all Christians believe. Those of you who know anything about the history of Christendom know that this is not an easy topic. How would you summarize what all Christians believe? Where would you start? Where would you end? What would you include? What would you leave out as something specific to your denomination or church but not representative of the whole?

    In the span of five addresses Lewis moves from the difference between atheism and theism to the difference between Christianity and Judaism and Islam; to the problem of sin; to the atonement of Christ; to the nature of … Read More »

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  • Mere Christianity, Part 1

    When C.S. Lewis took to the air waves to deliver what would become his well-known, Mere Christianity, he did so in a very intentional non-partisan way. “Ever since I became a Christian I have thought that the best, perhaps only, service I could do for my unbelieving neighbours was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.” And so off he goes.

    Mere Christianity is really a compilation of three parts—each part consisting of a series of very short essays. Part one takes up a case for Christianity made from the ubiquitous agreement between humanity about what is right and what is wrong. The second, what Christians believe; and the third, how Christians behave.

    In the first part, Lewis eventually gets to the Christian gospel in a very powerful way, but before that … Read More »

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  • The Lord’s Prayer

    Honestly, I feel a little weird defending the practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our services.  No one seems to mind when an elder prays one of Paul’s prayers or when we recite the Psalms, but when the Lord’s Prayer comes out, the Catholic meters start going wild.  This was driven home to me recently when I heard a message wherein the preacher mocked churches that pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Hopefully, this will not only explain why we do what we do, but also encourage you and infuse your prayer life with freshness.

    Jesus instructed us to use the Lord’s Prayer as a model for our own prayers.  On one occasion, the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).  He neither give them the prayer of Jabez, nor did he tell them, “Just go pray any old … Read More »

  • The Transfiguration

    My wife wondered to me if the lady in front of us on our hike was a Christian. “Why do you say that?” I wondered back. “Her shirt,” my wife said, “it says metamorphosis.” An astute observation indeed. At its most baseline meaning the word just means transformation and can refer to almost anything: people, organs, plants, and butterflies. But it is also a profoundly Christian word—a word that we

    The transfiguration of Jesus points us forward and shows us what we too will become.

    get in English from Greek, the Greek word which is used to describe—among other things—the transfiguration of Jesus. And after six days Jesus took with him Peter, and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured (Gr. metamorphoomai) before them (Mk. 9:2). The importance of this is … Read More »