About “the Force”… (Star Wars notwithstanding) ;)

7 01 2016

One reason why many people find Creative Evolution so attractive is that it gives one much of the emotional comfort of believing in God and none of the less pleasant consequences. When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is a mere mechanical dance of atoms, it is nice to be able to think of this great mysterious Force rolling on through the centuries and carrying you on its crest. If, on the other hand, you want to do something rather shabby, the Life-Force, being only a blind force, with no morals and no mind, will never interfere with you like that troublesome God we learned about when we were children. The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen? — from Mere Christianity

Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 8). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

 

 

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Social justice as byproduct not means…

9 02 2014

From Today’s “d365.org” devotional:
Command:
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, o let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see that naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.” – Isaiah 58:6-9a
Caution:
(from Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis)
“Certainly we do not want men to allow their Christianity to flow over into their political life, for the establishment of anything like a really just society would be a major disaster. On the other hand we do want,… to make men treat Christianity as means; preferably, of course as a means to their own advancement, but, failing that, as a means to anything—even social justice. The thing to do is to get a man at first to value social justice as a thing the Enemy demands, and then work him on to the stage at which values Christianity because it may produce social justice. For the Enemy will not be used as a convenience….’Believe this, not because it is true, for some other reason.’ That’s the game.”





Every Sunday is…

8 04 2013

Every Sunday is a “little Easter.” Every Sunday of the year is a celebration of the Easter event. The work of the people in “doing the Christ event” through memory and hope is the source for personal and corporate formation into resurrection spirituality.
– Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year
(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004), 153





the elephant in the room…

25 03 2013

I’ve been reading a new book by Os Guinness.  Guinness was greatly influenced by the late Francis Schaeffer of “L’Abri” fame.

(“Schaeffer was the first Christian I met who was concerned to, and capable of connecting the dots and making sense of the extraordinary times that puzzled and dismayed most people.”

From An Interview with Os Guinness on the 25th Anniversary of Francis Schaeffer’s Death.)

John Stonestreet of BreakPoint commentary recently wrote:

“In his book A Free People’s Suicide, Os Guinness argues that only virtue can keep freedom from degenerating into lawlessness. And what cultivates virtue? Faith. This, Guinness says, is what made the American experiment so unique. It’s why religious freedom is our first freedom. Remove the influence of religion, and the government must grow to govern people who won’t govern themselves. Religious freedom, as Eric concluded, is “the most important check the Founders put in place against unbridled statism.” ”

It appears to me that an assault on religious freedom is the real ‘elephant-in-the-room’ right now in America.  It is simply masquerading as another social issue.





A personal rela…

28 01 2013

A personal relationship with Christ? …

“When someone asks me the question,
“Do you have a personal relationship with God?” I always answer, “You’re asking the wrong question. What is important here is not that I in and of myself achieve or create a personal relationship with God, but that God has a personal relationship with me through Jesus Christ, which I affirm and nourish.” ”
Robert E. Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life
(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006), 89.

A personal relationship with Christ? …





Our Advent journey…

10 12 2012

The spirituality of Advent calls us to start our journey in expectation of the second coming of Christ. . . . The hope of a world restored under God proclaims that evil is not the final word. . . . The second coming says that the ultimate word in history is the triumph of God, the reign of God’s kingdom, the eternal and lasting rule of the good. Here is where our Advent meditation rests.
Robert E. Webber,  Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year
(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004), 50





Some pleasant inns…

18 10 2012

“We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy.  It is not hard to see why.  The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and pose an obstacle to our return to God; a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency.

  Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.”

— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain.