From the Pub: C.S. Lewis Talks Lust with a Dog
“Supposing you are taking a dog on a lead through a turnstile or past a post. You know what happens (apart from his usual ceremonies in passing a post!). He tries to go to the wrong side and gets his head looped round the post. You see that he can’t do it, and therefore pull him back. You pull him back because you want to enable him to go forward. He wants exactly the same thing—namely to go forward: for that very reason he resists your pull back, or, if he is an obedient dog, yields to it reluctantly as a matter of duty which seems to him to be quite in opposition to his own will: though in fact it is only by yielding to you that he will ever succeed in getting where he wants.” – CS LEWIS, LETTERS
Kindle Deal of the Week: Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns
D.A. Carson has been traveling to secular college campuses and addressing relativism – I’d love to hear a real talk, but here’s the closest we’ll get for now, for $3.99.
Preaching: Some Common Rookie Mistakes in Preaching.
Simple and wise, this is 1.5 minutes worth your time.
Don’t read the comments section, as it’ll just ruin your day. But this was a great article countering this sort of assumed belief.
If you read one thing this week, read this. D.A. Carson pulls no punches toward evangelicals and liberals alike, here, and articulates much of what I’ve sensed intuitively but couldn’t put into words as well as he does. Excellent, excellent stuff.
A Glimpse of Truth: The Unity of the Universe, and God
This article is written from an obviously atheistic viewpoint, but I was floored by the honesty of the Weinberg’s honesty about longing for the story of religion. He sees God as a concoction made out of our longing for beauty, aka, complex simplicity – but he fails to realize that our longing for it at all is evidence of the personability of the God which he insists must be impersonal. Some rare, raw moments of honesty I’ll be clipping and using for the future.
Books and Lit: 3 Books that Changed N.T. Wright’s Life
You’ll be surprised by them. But mostly what stuck with me was what he had to say about poetry, which I think is just spot on.
Writing: The Secret of the World
“It’s hard to explain how much one can love writing. If people knew how happy it can make you, we would all be writing all the time. It’s the greatest secret of the world.” – ANDREA BARRETT
Christians and Culture: Moral Confusion and the Immigration Debate
Alastair brings tons of cultural and biblical clarity to the issue, pointing out that it’s not so clear as we all might think. I’m continually stunned and turned round by Alastair’s wonderful writing.