In January of 1974, I became a follower of Christ. Unfortunately, it was lusty path that led me to Jesus. My girlfriend was pregnant and the weight of my sin and selfishness sat heavily on my spirit. Ken Frech, a brother twice, first in the Sigma Chi house at the University of Maryland, and then … More Sometimes, Conversion is Slow
We are to become a people who live passionately for and like Jesus. If we aren’t becoming that, something is wrong. The C.S. Lewis quote above comes the article “True Conversion and Wholehearted Commitment: Foundations of Discipleship” by Thomas A. Tarrants, III, Directory of Ministry, C.S. Lewis Institute.
Four days before the World Trade Center Bombings I was meditating on Psalm 42. Sometimes God is preparing our hearts for things we don’t even know we need. So for all of you who are fine right now, there’s no tragedy you are fighting against, no illness you are seeking to overcome, no relationship that … More When Wounded Hearts Heal
Curated Content to Encourage Thinking Back by popular demand. I am going to start curating content and supplying links from my reading again after a three year hiatus. Many have asked me to continue but it was Mark Smith that was the “last straw” tipping the scales. These weekend links, books and blog reviews do … More Curated for Thought
Sunday Musings Yesterday a book I order arrived in the mail. The Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies, by W. Brian Shelton (Baker Academic, 2018) pricked my interest because of my friend Tom Bissell’s Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve (Pantheon, 2016). Tom and I crossed paths in Israel … More Assumptions that Can Kill Conversation
Read Psalm 37 (especially verses 1-8) 4 Delight yourself in the LORD; . … And He will give you the desires of your heart. ………….. (Psalm 37:4) What does verse 4 … More “I Call These Noises Silence”
The problem with people is, well, people. Some of us are easier to love than others. But most of us alternate between loveable, tolerable and detestable depending on our environment. For years I have made the tongue-in-cheek joke that if you don’t love my brother Karl, there is something desperately wrong with you. My brother … More How Does Love for My Neighbor Begin?
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Near the very end of his marvelous book, MERE CHRISTIANITY, C.S. Lewis gives an exhortation to believe in Christ that is a slap down of narcissism. Any age, but perhaps most particularly, our age, would be wise to think hard about his words. “Until you have given up your self to Him you will not … More C.S. Lewis on Narcissism
Atheism and the Problem of Evil—C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963) [ An offering from Kairos Journal ] Many people are atheists because they believe that evil and suffering in the world proves that God does not exist. Looking back on his own intellectual and spiritual journey from atheism to Christian belief, however, C. S. … More Atheism’s Inability to Explain Evil