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Lewis’s intellectual trajectory here is important. Sometimes Lewis is dinged by modern, evangelical commentators for not approaching the Scripture in a more traditionally inerrantist way. There are some legitimate criticisms of Lewis there to be found, no doubt. But I think Wilson is exactly right that Lewis’s writing indicates movement towards a biblical worldview and anthropology, not away from it.
Having just returned from T4G, and having had time to reflect on the events of the week, I would have to agree with those who say that the best part of T4G is the singing. Being gathered together with 10,000 brothers and sisters in Christ to sing the praises of the Redeemer was simply…powerful! I suppose it’s fair to say that part of the experience is driven by the feeling with which Bob Kauflin played some of the greatest hymns in all of church history on a grand piano and part from the fact that this is probably the largest gathering of believers with which those present have collectively sung theologically rich, Christ-centered hymns. However, I also believe that the experience was sweetened by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. I couldn’t get through one hymn without crying over my sin and over the fact that I don’t glory in Christ as I ought or appreciate the benefits of His redemption in my life like I should. I wept over my pride and love of the world. The experience was full of spiritual healing for my soul.
Praying before mealtimes is probably the most obvious way to pray together with guests. It was certainly the practice of the early church who “received their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46), and we shouldn’t neglect it either. Every time we break bread we thank its giver, whomever our dinner companions are.
It’s comparatively easy for you and me to pray for ourselves, our families, and our friends. But how can we learn how to pray more fervently and consistently for our local churches?
For one, we just need to start doing it—and encouraging others to do so.
Good stuff from Kevin Halloran.
It’s been a little while since I simply sat down to read my Bible for no other purpose than to enjoy it. I read it every day for work and my teaching responsibilities, but just for me? It’s been a little while. I’ve lots of excuses, and I know I’m not alone. See if any of these resonate with you.