Tom Tarrants affirms that spiritual transformation is indeed possible and illustrates his point in dramatic fashion. Bill Smith acquaints us with C. S. Lewis’ insights about miracles. Andy Bannister helps us combat naturalism, especially as it applies to human nature. Tom Schwanda completes his 3 part series about “Growing in Intimacy with God”. Randy Newman suggests ways to have gospel conversations in our secular age. Ruth Lovejoy shines the light of the gospel on our idolatry of efficiency. And, as always, we include a poem, a sermon, and notes from Joel Woodruff, our president.
In this issue’s President’s letter, Joel Woodruff reminds us that discipleship would be easy if we just didn’t have to deal with people. But the reality is that, just as Jesus had to deal with his disciples’ humanity, so do we. Discipleship can be messy. But it’s also glorious. ►
Tom Tarrants shares his dramatic story of coming to saving faith out of a life of prejudice, hatred, and self-righteousness. In fact, those adjectives don’t paint the picture as bad as it really was. Tom’s story is inspiring as well as challenging. And it illustrates just how powerful and transformational the gospel can be ►
C.S. Lewis on Miracles: Why They Are Possible and Significant
Bill Smith examines C. S. Lewis’s writing about miracles and helps us see how we can weave those insights into conversations we might have today with people who deny the possibility of miracles. This article weaves together Lewis’ thought with Biblical teaching in ways that help us understand a difficult topic in anti-supernatural times. ►
BEAST OR MASTERPIECE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?
Andy Bannister challenges the prevailing naturalistic worldview around us that insists that people are merely animals. The wide gap between our Biblical perspective – that people are unique, eternally valuable, and created in the image of God – and the dehumanizing trends in our world today are shown to be as dramatic as can be. ►
Knowing God with Head and Heart: The Dynamics of Christian Experience
Tom Schwanda completes his three part series on “Growing in Intimacy with God” by digging into the role that experience plays in that process. The tension between knowing and doing, sometimes polarized to unhealthy extremes, is examined with an appreciation for both head and heart, doctrine and experience, thought and emotion. ►
Having a Conversation about the Conversation: A Strategy for Pre-Evangelism in an Antagonistic Age
Randy Newman proposes the notion that we may need some pre-evangelistic conversations before we have evangelistic presentations. In a time when many people start from a hostile attitude toward Christians, God, and the gospel, we may need to pave the way for defused discussions with a “conversation about the conversation.” ►
Ruth Lovejoy, a Fellow in our C. S. Lewis Institute Fellows program, shares how seeing the gospel and the goodness of God more worshipfully can set us free from our love for and idolatry of efficiency. With one eye on the scripture’s story about Mary and Martha and another eye on her to-do list, Ruth helps liberate us from the tyranny of the urgent. ►
C. S. Lewis loved poetry and wished he could be remembered most for his poems. They grab us in different ways than stories or prose. In each issue we feature a poem. In this poem Donne is saying death is not final but the gateway to after-life. ►
Sermon – WHAT YE THINK OF CHRIST? AN Excerpt from THE GOSPEL AWAKENING
An inspiring classic sermon from the pulpit of Dwight L. Moody that we hope will be a blessing to you. ►