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The Silver Chair

In one of my favorite stories from C.S. Lewis a girl named Jill Pole has entered Narnia, Lewis’ fantasy world for the first time and has found herself alone knowing very little about the world around her.

 

In this passage she heard a stream and became very thirsty but when she came nearer the stream she saw a great lion just on the other side.  This, you know if you are familiar with the story is Aslan the Christ figure of Lewis’ allegory.  Jill stops in hesitates scared of the Lion before her.
“Are you not thirsty?” said the lion.

“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.

“Then drink,” said the lion.

“May I? could I? would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.

The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.  The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.

“Will you promise not to do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.

“I make no promise,” said the Lion.

Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
“Do you eat girls?” she said.

“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.

“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill

“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.

“Oh dear! said Jill, coming another step nearer. I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”

“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.
 

            I love this interaction because Lewis paints Christ as powerful and strong, Aslan doesn’t beg or bargain with the girl as some preachers are want to do, he simply states the facts and makes it clear that he makes no promises to leave you as you are.

             I have heard it said that many Christians today want to “defang God” and make him the God of nice.  In fact many people when disputing the claims of Christiainity specificly or dieties in general will start by asking questions akin to “How can a good God allow…”  As if God is simply to make our lives perfect after our mostly half hearted devotion to him.  In this passage Lewis ends it so well by having Alsan restate the most important fact  “There is no other stream”

              Peter got this point when he came upon a teaching of Jesus that was difficult to swallow.  Most of his disciples left and he looked at Peter and the rest of the twelve and asked “are you going to leave me to?”  Peters response was so profound, “Where else would we go, you alone have the words of eternal life.”  Like it or not God is God and there is no other place to go, really.

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Make your critics your coaches…

Make your critics your coaches…

Last night I was listening to Mark Driscoll at church and he came to a part that was very challenging to me. Let be digress and say that recently I have been asking God how I can live out the gospel in my own life. I have enough knowledge on spiritual matters, but I have been recently challenged to live my life accordingly as opposed to just hearing the word, where have I heard that before?

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Does your who match your do?

Does your who match your do?

It is really disturbing that when I tell some people I didn’t sleep with let alone live with my wife before we got married that I am met with a mixture of shock and unbelief. I guess I am fighting against the reputation that some of my other brothers and sisters have given them but that makes me even a little angrier. I just finish a discussion like this with some co-workers, these people know I am a Christian but one just seems to assume it is purely nominative.

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Church (S)hopping II

Yesterday we went to visit a church in an attempt to find out where we will continue to worship. I don’t know but maybe I have to many things I want from a church, I mean I realize that no church is going to be perfect but I suppose there are some things that I really want. Good sound non-watered down seeker preaching/teaching, this is my first priority and the one that I am finding is the most rare. With the implementation of seeker sensitive preaching ministers tend to dumb things down or teach through the lens of reductionism.
A close second for me is that the church be missional, determined not simply to cater to the Christian community and live in church culture, but to reach out and impact the culture that surrounds them.
I don’t know if I will find what I am looking for but I will continue to look until God either leads me to my new home or tells me what else to do.

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Americans Flunk Religion

This article from USA Today says something I have thought for a long time. Americans don’t know much about religion, Christianity or otherwise. If 60% of Americans can’t name the 10 Commandments, and High school students think Sodom and Gomorrah were married, we are in trouble. I would wager that CHristians are not in much better shape.

I did a game once with some teenage students in my youth ministry where I would give them a name and they had to tell me if it was Old or New Testament, and it was a little scary. Last year my Pastor taught the commandments and offered money to anyone who could name them and only my students could (because I told them it was coming). It seems a lot of Christians “know what they believe” but have no biblical basis for those beliefs, and sometimes don’t even care.

If we are to proclaim that the Bible is truth and the word of God then we must have a foundataion to those beliefs and it can not simply be, “Well, I believe…”

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internetmonk.com » Blog Archive » Jesus and My Stuff

This is an article by the Internetmonk that touches on a topic that is very unusual to me. I have thought about it on several different occasions but being saved and educated in a prosperity environment I don’t know that I have ever carefully considered it. How much could I live without and should I? Should I consider it God’s blessings and enjoy it or examine my life in terms of what I can do without for the sake of providing for the gospel?

internetmonk.com » Blog Archive » Jesus and My Stuff

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Church (S)hopping…

Church (S)hopping.

So allow me to get some thoughts out. Heather and I have left our church now and for the past 5 weeks we have been worshiping at home with the help of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church. But, we believe in the Bible and it says we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, which most people say means we need to go to church and be a part of a community of believers. Unfortunately, those are not always the same thing, I have gone to church since I became a Christian but it is not always my community of believers, if that makes sense.

When I started to follow Christ, God really took care of me by brining two of my best friends into His family as well, and for those early years we were together all the time building up one another as I believe the brethren are supposed to do, but we all went to different churches. I am in a similar situation now, I have a core group of peers that I lean on to be community, and we all go to different church, or live in different states.

Heather and I are looking at our options and praying that God pushes us in the right direction, there are thousands of churches in Columbus but I don’t know any of them because I am just not into the church circles. We have been asked to start a house church, but my connotation of house churches is negative, We could just start going to other churches but I don’t like the idea of shopping churches. Not to mention when you are called to ministry it is much harder, either you are coming into steal people away or they put a lot of pressure on you to do things right away. I will be posting more as we see where we are heading…

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The Discovery That Changed My Life V

Again this is a continuing entry so if you haven’t read the previous ones I suggest you begin here.

The Discovery that Changed my Life

In this, the conclusion of my story, I answer the question how should we then give, if tithing isn’t the answer what is?

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This Guy is the Man…

If you have never heard of Ninja Warrior Challenge, I am not surprised.  I stumbled onto it one saturday on G4.  It is amazing 4 stages of Ninja like challenges and in 15 years, this is the only man to complete all 4 stages.