My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

16 August 2005

Short notes

Here's a great article forwarded to me by a friend, about the writer George MacDonald, the grandpappy of 20th century Christian fantasy writers (Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers, et al). While a pinch of salt might be useful in reading his doctrine of Imago Dei, there is some helpful thought here on imagination and the spiritual life.

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The links are up for Sunday morning's sermon on Proverbs 12
mp3
pdf
Here are the two mp3 links for the past two Sunday night lessons on the Ascension of Jesus. There was some interaction with the congregation, so you might miss a little because we didn't pass a mic around. If you're interested in my notes, which aren't posted, let me know and I can send them to you.
mp3 (#1)
mp3 (#2)

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Tomorrow night we are finishing up our summer book club on Nancy Pearcey's Total Truth, a worldview compendium-type book. For several reasons, I am less thrilled with it than I would have liked to be (there are several positives too, though). So I had this question: What book(s), beside God's Book, have you read that has most radically changed your worldview? What author/speaker has done the most to help you see things the way God sees them?

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Finally, I have decided to tone down my pessimism about the upcoming Lion, Witch & Wardrobe movie. I still have great reservations, but I will give benefit of the doubt to the filmmakers, recognizing my inability to judge the merits without prejudice. Having said that, I am 3/7 of the way through the Chronicles again and am continually amazed. I just read Horse & His Boy on my day off - it strikes me that Narnia might be a picture of the church more than a picture of all creation. Because there are other worlds beside Narnia (Calormen, Archenland, etc.), Narnia's uniqueness must come from the reign of Aslan, rather than from simple existence.

2 comments:

Ellen Olivetti said...

Jared:

I downloaded the two sermons on the ascension and would like your notes.

And, may I say from a personal viewpoint, that it is TRULY one of the greatest blessings in my life to hear your sermons and read Justin's sermons. "I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth." I never expected God to bless me in this way, and it humbles me to think of what He may allow you - and your brother - to accomplish for the kingdom. What a joy!

As far as what book changed my worldview the most, I recall being amazed at "How Shall We Then Live?" by Francis Schaeffer and also "Not by Chance" by R.C.Sproul - although that book wasn't as much a worldview book as it was a clearer explanation of the sovereignty of God than I had ever read before.

But, mostly, it the The Book that changes me. Praise the Lord!

Daniel said...

Jared,

I share your pessimism regarding The Lion movie. Some film director just can't capture what has been placed in our imaginations.

I have also been re-reading them this summer for the first time since junior high and it's amazing how different they read now that I'm older.