Monthly Archives: August 2011

Seeing the Hidden Vistas

As our church continues to learn what it means to “savor the grace of the Lord Jesus,” I have experienced my own learning curve as well.  While there are certainly many cotton candy passages of scripture and some low hanging fruit when it comes to theological reflection, I sometimes run across a passage in a book that opens a vista where I have never paused to drink in the glory.  There are some men, a colloquy from the grave if you will, that do this for me whenever I frequent their writings.  Included in this number are such men as Edward Taylor, C.H. Spurgeon, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis.  But every once in a while, there comes a living author who can put his pen to paper and it is as if he is taking disparate threads of thought and story, and as he draws his pen across the page, my mind and heart can watch the threads mysteriously yet brilliantly drawing together into a transfiguration of what had been there all along.  I believe John Piper to be one such man.  Piper can take a well-traveled, common path and turn it into holy ground.  The following is an excerpt from the chapter “The Glorious Poverty of a Bad Reputation” out of his book Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ (Crossway 2004).  Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis does it again

How does he do it?  He takes what I have hoped to able to say, shortens it, makes it more clear, and makes me delight in this concept even more than I did before I read this.

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”   — C.S. Lewis

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