Jul 21, 2010
I came across this quotation on pg 210 of Paul Miller’s A Praying Life. It captures so well what I love about both C.S. Lewis and his friend J.R.R. Tolkien. It comes from Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian.
Lewis’s mind was above all characterized by a willingness to be enchanted, and it was this openness to enchantment that held together the various strands of his life - his delight in laughter, his willingness to accept a world made by a good and loving God, and (in some ways above all) his willingness to submit to the charms of a wonderful story.
It is this element that characterizes the most godly men I have known and most admire. Smashing cynicism out of the way, they passionately and joyfully embrace the story in which they have been placed, and they are enthusiastic about telling that story to others. This is the fear of the Lord. This is the kind of man that I want to be.
Jun 5, 2010
I am beginning an exploration of the theme of the fear of the LORD in the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament, starting with the book of Job. I will be writing in Google Wave, so this post will continue to develop and be updated over time as I go. Please feel free to join in the conversation within the wave as you see fit.
Here is the address of the wave: https://wave.google.com/wave/#minimized:nav,minimized:contact,minimized:search,restored:wave:googlewave.com!w%252BOJ47qtx4A
May 5, 2010
I assembled these quotes in a wave as I read through “The Fear of God,” chapter 10 of Murray’s Principles of Conduct since I am using this as one of my sources for my Ethics research paper. There’s a lot of good stuff there, so I thought I’d share it here.
[This is also my first attempt at embedding a Google wave into a blog post, so let me know if you have any problems and just what you think in general of the format. I realize it's a bit crowded and I'm working on a solution for that.]
Apr 25, 2010
I think there’s a sense in which one’s systematic theology must be an organic outgrowth of one’s experience and understanding of their life on the one hand, and the Word of God on the other, specifically as that Word speaks into and about their life. You cannot simply cut and paste a whole system of doctrine that has been formulated by someone else, based upon their own interaction with the Word, into your own personal system of theology and philosophy. It just won’t stick unless it has grown up organically.
That is not to say that one cannot learn from another, or that learning systematic theology is a futile practice altogether. Rather, at this point, my sense is that a teacher (in whatever sense of the word) ought to use the elements of their own system of theology to nudge others in the right direction, suggesting paths to pursue and dangers to be avoided. Otherwise, in my experience, you end up with an empty set of propositions and assertions to which one either assents or dissents, but there is no real linkage to the person’s heart - what truly moves and drives them and what will make a real difference in their lives and in the lives of those around them.
Apr 6, 2010
Education is the process of making the familiar strange and the strange familiar.
Feb 8, 2010
Our actions in and reactions to the quotidian life are far better indicators of our philosophical and theological tenets than any creeds we confess or theological systems we espouse.
Dec 20, 2009
Authentic wisdom hooks you into Truth in its living form and Truth drags you off to unfathomable depths. A living truth cannot be hauled home and hung over your mantle. By the time you get it to shore, the sharks of your ignorance and finitude will have reduced it to a skeleton. If you would pursue Truth, you must hold on and let it take you where it will. But there will come a point at which you must let go. For living Truth leads to God himself, and God will not be caught.