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To help readers better understand what God made us for, what He made us to be, and how we can live the life God intends for us, we offer Mark Talbot’s The Importance of Vocation. For helping disciples experience a deeper, more intimate and fruitful relationship with God, we present Tom Tarrants’s The Place of Fasting in the Christian Life. To provide the story of a disciple who used her intellect for the service of God, we present Lindsey Scholl’s The Remarkable Dorothy L. Sayers. We also include a deeply personal article by Stan Wallace which shares what he has learned from being adopted as a baby and, later in life, meeting his birth mother. We also share a poem, a short reading from a classic Christian book, and an encouragement to read a classic book. This time it’s Thomas à Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ.


KNOWING & DOING
SUMMER 2018

President's Letter – “You Too Can Be an Evangelist like Billy Graham

JOEL S. WOODRUFF, ED.D.
PRESIDENT, C.S. LEWIS INSTITUTE

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In this President’s Letter, Joel Woodruff reflects on three biblical principles he learned from Billy Graham that he hopes to live out. He believes that if each of us were to follow these simple biblical principles as exemplified in the life of Billy Graham, we too would be given opportunities to become evangelists as we share the hope we have as sinners saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Remarkable Dorothy L. Sayers

Lindsey Scholl, Ph.D.
Educator and Writer, Trinity Classical School

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Dorothy L. Sayers, author of sixteen novels, ten plays, six translations, and twenty-four works of non-fiction, was an accomplished writer in multiple genres. In this article, Lindsey Scholl notes that Sayers had a hard-hitting, humorous, competent style, and argues that reading her would benefit many Christians today, particularly those inclined to use their faith as a cover for sloppy thinking. Scholl introduces readers to the body of Sayers’ work, and also to her colorful, confrontational personality.

 

The Place of Fasting in the Christian Life

Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D.Min.
Vice President for Ministry & Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, C.S. Lewis Institute

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Tom Tarrants observes that judging from recent research and anecdotal evidence, it appears that very few professing Christians in America think fasting has a place in the Christian life. He observes, however, that from the earliest days of the church, fasting has been recognized as an important way to draw near to God, deepen one’s relationship with Him, and seek His help in times of special need. Tarrants explains that if you desire a deeper, more intimate and fruitful relationship with God, or if you need His help in a time of real need, fasting is an important means of grace to practice. This article will provide helpful understanding and practical guidance for anyone who wants to experience this blessing.

Two Exceptional Women and One Extremely Fortunate Son

Stan Wallace D.Min.
President & CEO, Global Scholars

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Stan Wallace always knew he was adopted, and nearly 55 years later would visit with his birth mother by phone and in person. In this article, Wallace shares lessons he has learned from the examples of his birth and adoptive mothers, and how his experience has helped him understand the meaning of adoption into the family of God.

 

The Importance of Vocation

Mark R. Talbot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College

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In this first article in a two-part series addressing vocation and calling, Mark Talbot discusses the importance of a biblical view of vocation. He addresses the questions: What were we made for?, What are we made to be?, and How are we able to fulfill our vocation?

 

An Encouragement
to Read Thomas á Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ

Jim Phillips
City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute – Annapolis

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Before there was Oswald Chambers (My Utmost for His Highest) or other noted devotional writers, a disciple longing to follow Jesus would read The Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis, written between 1420 and 1427. It has been said that Thomas á Kempis used or alluded to more than a thousand Scriptures. In this article, Jim Phillips encourages readers to pick up this classic book and benefit from wisdom that is relevant to all people, for all time, without chronological bias.

POEM:
God's Grandeur

Gerard Manley Hopkins
Poet

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In each issue of Knowing & Doing we include a poem as part of our desire to promote discipleship of the heart and mind. Poems stir affection, inspire devotion and stimulate emotions. No wonder the Scriptures contains so many of them! And by the way, C. S. Lewis loved poetry.

Short Reading from a Classic Christian Book: Five Ways to Prove the Existence of God

Thomas Aquinas
Philosopher and Theologian

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A short reading from a classic Christian book by Thomas Aquinas that we hope will be a blessing to you.

 

Dr. Randy Newman is the Senior Teaching Fellow for the C.S. Lewis Institute. He posts regularly at his website, Connection Points, helping Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did.

This blog explores the links between the Christian faith and all of life and encourages exploration of common ground between Christians and those with other beliefs. This content can be found at
http://www.connectionpoints.us

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