Truth-like Substance (Screwtape Letters Part 2)

In the first two letters, Lewis plants in Screwtape’s correspondence some philosophy and some ecclesiology.The philosophy is about the precariousness uses of argument. Screwtape dissuades Wormwood from using reason at all to corrupt his patient. “The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole struggle on to the Enemy’s own ground. He can argue too;” Oh yes he can. And so can his strongest saints. Witness all the times in the book of Acts, … Continue reading

We Need a Little Christmas

For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older, And I need a little angel, Sitting on my shoulder, Need a little Christmas now (“We Need a Little Christmas 1) Here we are in the final days before celebration of the incarnation. Our outside Christmas lights have been on each night at sundown since Thanksgiving evening. Just about every room inside the house has been dressed … Continue reading

For the Furtherance of the Gospel

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 16) Many Church leaders today are engaged in a cultural struggle over the direction of the Church. How can loving, following, and serving Jesus Christ become so divisive? The question at the heart of the controversy is: “Does man or God control the future and direction of the Church?” The proverbial camel is now settled inside the tent; it must be … Continue reading

The Good, Good News

Ron’s blog last week, “N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell,” drew comments which seem to indicate that some believe salvation is achieved the old-fashioned way: We earn it. Yes, Jesus may play His part in saving us, but we must contribute to the process – do our part. After all, we are asked, didn’t Jesus Himself say that? Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to … Continue reading

Is Your Faith in Vain?

We just finished celebrating the event which is the highlight of the Christian calendar and indeed central to the Christian faith. The resurrection has special implications in several areas. Where the sacrifice on the cross paid for our sin and gave us peace with God, the resurrection conquered death and guaranteed that the redeemed would likewise be resurrected and see God face to face! Without the resurrection of Christ and his people, the Christian faith … Continue reading

The Case for Christ is Not Cheesy

Good News, Christians. It’s not Cheesy. Let angels dance. Let the people rejoice. A Christian film company made a Christian movie and a miracle happened. We don’t have to lower our expectations. The Case for Christ is a film you can go see without preparing your rationalizations before hand. “Well you know, they don’t have the budget that those big name Hollywood movies do.”  “Well it has a good message at least.” All the while … Continue reading