We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain

Laying R.I.P. to Rest

October 25, 2016

Nick Batzig makes a strong case for understanding death from a biblical or Christian perspective. Too many believers use R.I.P. when someone famous dies without regard for what it means to rest in peace. In a similar fashion, far too many employ the letters OMG in casual conversation. It should never be a casual thing to toss out a reference to God. Look at how Batzig states the issue.

I’ve noticed something of a concerning trend over the past several years. It is the way in which believers speak about culture-impacting individuals at their deaths. Instead of simply expressing appreciation for their life and achievements, it has become commonplace for Christians to use the shorthand R.I.P. (“rest in peace”) on social media when speaking of individuals–in whose lives there was no evidence of saving grace–at their death. At the risk of sounding ill-tempered, I wish to set out several reasons why I am troubled by this occurrence.

The author provides three compelling reasons fro his concern and offers wise counsel on how Christians should think and speak of the death of others. Click over and read the article.

The Genius of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity

George Marsden

image of george marsden lecturing on mere christianity

Last night, October 17, 2016, I had the privilege of hearing the noted historian, George Marsden, lecture at Palm Beach Atlantic University on the topic titled, “The Genius of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.”

The lecture was based on part of Marsden’s book, C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: a Biography which was published earlier this year. Doing a biography of a book is an interesting approach. But books like Mere Christianity have had a life all to themselves. So it was a very appropriate approach.

The Scripture is both a glass to show your spots, and a laver to wash them away.

Thomas Watson

How do you respond when you have a fine Sunday dinner waiting on you, and the preacher has gone into overtime? This Lyle Lovett song tackles this issue with a jazzy, humorous solution.

My favorite line,

If a preacher preaches long enough, even he’ll get hungry, too.

WARNING! – This video may make you turn up the volume and your toe may begin tapping.

A Prayer Request for All of Us

Sermon from Philippians 1:9-11

A Prayer Request for All of Us

Philippians 1:9-11

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.