The Bible… C.S. Lewis… Family (three blips on my radar today)

Today I’m likely going to ramble a little. Reason being, there are too many directions I want to go in with today’s post! (Here’s yesterday’s video post if you missed it.)

DSC_0006BIBLE STUFF: First, I have a new “pet peeve” going, vis-a-vis the ongoing foolishness of the “my church is more Christian than your church” rhetoric. This one runs in a similar vein to the previously discussed “We’re a Bible-believing church” and “Your church doesn’t hold to the authority of scripture” nonsense.

I first read the following phrase on a west coast church website; later I saw it referenced in a news feature; then I noticed the idea come up in a couple of conversations. Here it is: “I’m in a church that preaches the whole Bible” (code for: “other churches don’t…).

REALLY? You’ve got to be kidding! Unless the minister’s Bible reading starts at Genesis 1:1 and finishes (many, many hours later) at the end of Revelation, then “preaching the whole Bible” is ALWAYS going to be impacted by some element of weekly sampling.

Denominations that tend to follow the lectionary (reading cycle) guidelines are the most likely to cover their biblical bases during a given year. However, no matter how deeply your pastor mines the scriptures, and how convinced your church is that they do the best job when it comes to interpreting God’s Word, preaching and teaching is/are always going to involve choice when it comes to “what to include in today’s message,” and “what to save for another time.”

One of (my wife) Rebekah’s favorite phrases/questions is “What else does the Bible say?” Consequently, we have several church-wide initiatives in place designed to expose people to the epic scope that is the depth, breath, and completeness of scripture. But we (and this is true of every church and congregation) will always need to be more deliberate and more thorough when it comes to our study of God’s transformational Word.

9780060652852C.S. LEWIS: My Wednesday evening men’s group (The Men’s Room) just launched an overview study of the writings and thought of C.S. Lewis. It was a good beginning, and I’m convinced it’s going to be a thought-provoking journey.

Lewis, for those of you who don’t know much about him, was one of the great theological and philosophical minds of the 20th-Century. He was a scholar, an apologist, and an inspirational writer. His vast collection of work includes Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed, Surprised by Joy, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

The point of our study is to introduce ourselves to challenging Christian thinking that will help deepen our spiritual journey, and to better equip ourselves to invite others into faith-based conversation.

photoFAMILY: The other huge blip on my radar this morning is family. Andrew just finished up his visit with Naomi (and Craig and David) in Connecticut, and he’s on his way back to Italy, via Hartford, Washington DC, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Frankfurt, Venice.

Even though we didn’t see him in person, it was good to have Andrew in the States. What was even better was knowing how well he bonded with his nephew, David. They played together all week and that makes my heart glad.

Today, Naomi sent this picture collage. Craig, David, Andrew. Words can’t say it any better.

Peace, blessings, family joy, deep C.S. Lewis thoughts, and “the whole Bible.” – DEREK

(Yesterday’s video post)

9 thoughts on “The Bible… C.S. Lewis… Family (three blips on my radar today)

  1. Les DuVall

    I couldn’t help but think about this song as I read your email today. WOW

    The church has one foundation,
    ’Tis Jesus Christ her Lord;
    She is His new creation,
    Through water by the word.
    From heav’n He came and sought her
    To be His holy bride;
    With His own blood He bought her,
    And for her life He died.
    Elect from every nation,
    Yet one o’er all the earth,
    Her charter of salvation—
    One Lord, one faith, one birth.
    One holy name she blesses,
    Partakes one holy food;
    And to one hope she presses,
    With every grace endued.
    Long with a scornful wonder
    Men saw her sore oppressed,
    By schisms rent asunder,
    By heresies distressed.
    Yet saints their watch were keeping
    To hail a brighter day,
    When God should stop their weeping,
    Take their reproach away.
    The evening sun is shining,
    The cloudy day is past;
    The time of their repining
    Is at an end at last.
    The voice of God is calling
    To unity again;
    Division walls are falling,
    With all the creeds of men.
    Back to the one foundation,
    From sects and creeds made free,
    Come saints of every nation
    To blessed unity.
    Once more the ancient glory
    Shines as in days of old,
    And tells the wondrous story—
    One God, one faith, one fold.

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  2. I’ve often wondered about the whole “my church is better than your church” with regard to Christian worship (I’m a Christian, by the way). We’re supposed to be the Body of Christ, after all. All of us together. Not just the First Christ Community Church on Fifth Street. And, regarding C.S. Lewis, that sounds like a fantastic study. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

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  3. I think there’s a flip-side to “my church is better than your church” which may be as harmful within the body of Christ. It’s “their church is better than our church.” Or “why can’t our church be like other churches?”

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