Is Existence An Illusion?

May 28th, 2010 | Add Comment | Apologetics Is Existence An Illusion? |  Facebook

R.C. Sproul, Defending Your Faith, p.106 | “I have argued that if my piece of chalk exists, it would ultimately prove the existence of God. Yet I acknowledge that my chalk could be an illusion. But even if it is an illusion, there must be someone suffering the illusion. Just as doubt requires a doubter, so illusions require something experiencing the illusion. Thus the presence of an illusion proved that something exists. If something exists (either the chalk or the thinking self) that something would ultimately demand the existence of God. For my apologetic to work I must establish that something exists. I thank Descartes for solving that problem for me—by proving the existence of himself.” Descartes came to the conclusion, “Cogito ergo sum” – that is, I think, therefore I am.

Whose Affections Are You Seeking?

May 22nd, 2010 | Add Comment | Quotes Whose Affections Are You Seeking? |  Facebook

Charles Spurgeon | “I think you may judge of a man’s character by the persons whose affection he seeks. If you find a man seeking only the affection of those who are great, depend upon it he is ambitious and self-seeking; but when you observe that a man seeks the affection of those who can do nothing for him, but for whom he must do everything, you know that he is not seeking himself, but that pure benevolence sways his heart.”

Why Theology is Practical

May 19th, 2010 | Add Comment | Theology Why Theology is Practical |  Facebook

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity | Theology means “the science of God,” and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available. You are not children: why should you be treated like children?

In a way I quite understand why some people are put off by Theology. I remember once when I had been giving a talk to the RA.F., an old, hard-bitten officer got up and said, “I’ve no use for all that stuff. But, mind you, I’m a religious man too. I know there’s a God. I’ve felt Him: out alone in the desert at night: the tremendous mystery. And that’s just why I don’t believe all your neat little dogmas and formulas about Him. To anyone who’s met the real thing they all seem so petty and pedantic and unreal!”

Now in a sense I quite agreed with that man. I think he had probably had a real experience of God in the desert. And when he turned from that experience to the Christian creeds, I think he really was turning from something real to something less real. In the same way, if a man has once looked at the Atlantic from the beach, and then goes and looks at a map of the Atlantic, he also will be turning from something real to something less real: turning from real waves to a bit of coloured paper. But here comes the point. The map is admittedly only coloured paper, but there are two things you have to remember about it. In the first place, it is based on what hundreds and thousands of people have found out by sailing the real Atlantic. In that way it has behind it masses of experience just as real as the one you could have from the beach; only, while yours would be a single isolated glimpse, the map fits all those different experiences together. In the second place, if you want to go anywhere, the map is absolutely necessary. As long as you are content with walks on the beach, your own glimpses are far more fun than looking at a map. But the map is going to be more use than walks on the beach if you want to get to America.

Now, Theology is like the map. Merely learning and thinking about the Christian doctrines, if you stop there, is less real and less exciting than the sort of thing my friend got in the desert. Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God-experiences compared with which any thrills or pious feelings you and I are likely to get on our own are very elementary and very confused. And secondly, if you want to get any further, you must use the map. You see, what happened to that man in the desert may have been real, and was certainly exciting, but nothing comes of it. It leads nowhere. There is nothing to do about it. In fact, that is just why a vague religion-all about feeling God in nature, and so on-is so attractive. It is all thrills and no work; like watching the waves from the beach. But you will not get to Newfoundland by studying the Atlantic that way, and you will not get eternal life by simply feeling the presence of God in flowers or music. Neither will you get anywhere by looking at maps without going to sea. Nor will you be very safe if you go to sea without a map.

Widow’s Response

May 12th, 2010 | Add Comment | General Topics Widow’s Response |  Facebook

Read the story of James Sanders murder here, then watch his wife’s response here.

Audio Book: The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

May 10th, 2010 | Add Comment | General Topics Audio Book: The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis |  Facebook

A Focus on the Family, Radio Theatre Dramatic Production. Including a complete cast, cinema-quality sound, and original music.

The Magician’s Nephew
After an experiment by a sinister magician goes awry, young Digory and his friend Polly are catapulted into one mysterious world after another. Not only must they match wits with an evil queen, but they witness the creation of the fabled land of Narnia by the great lion, Aslan.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Between the lamp post and Cair Paravel on the Western Sea lies Narnia, a mystical land where animals hold the power of speech—woodland fauns conspire with men—dark forces, bent on conquest, gather at the world’s rim to wage war against the realm’s rightful king—and the Great Lion Aslan is the only hope. Into this enchanted world comes a group of unlikely travelers. These ordinary boys and girls, when faced with peril, learn extraordinary lessons in courage, self-sacrifice, friendship and honor.
The Horse and His Boy
A young boy, a princess and her talking horse face a treacherous prince and a terrifying lion before an astonishing truth is revealed. As they travel across blazing deserts, through beautiful cities, and over rugged mountains, they find adventure on an epic scale.
Prince Caspian
Troubled times have come to Narnia, which is gripped by civil war and ruled by the evil Miraz. As his nephew, Prince Caspian, sets out to regain his rightful throne and bring peace back to the kingdom, he knows his only hope is to enlist the help of the children from the Other World.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The gallant ship Dawn Treader and her crew go through the waters of a gigantic sea serpent, to a land of impenetrable darkness where nightmares come true and finally to the very edges of Aslan’s country. But what will happen when the Dawn Treader reaches the fabled “rim of the world”?
The Silver Chair
Eustace and Jill never imagined that escaping from a gang of school bullies would lead them to Narnia, the Great Lion Aslan and an incredible journey. When Aslan sends them — with a “marshwiggle” named Puddleglum — to search for the long-lost Prince Rillian, they will be tested in unimaginable ways.
The Last Battle
When traitors within Narnia and Calormene invaders join forces, King Tirian and his loyal comrades must fight the invaders and their lies about Aslan. This powerfully moving conclusion to The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis will surprise and enthrall you with its timeless message.

Thomas Watson on the Wrath of God

May 5th, 2010 | Add Comment | Quotes Thomas Watson on the Wrath of God |  Facebook

Thomas Watson, The Wrath of God | To you who have a well-grounded hope that you shall not feel this wrath, which you have deserved, let me exhort you to be very thankful to God, who has given his Son to save you from this tremendous wrath. Jesus has delivered you from wrath to come. The Lamb of God was scorched in the fire of God’s wrath for you. Christ felt the wrath which he did not deserve, that you might escape the wrath which you have deserved. Pliny observes, that there is nothing better to quench fire than blood. Christ’s blood has quenched the fire of God’s wrath for you. ‘Upon me be thy curse,’ said Rebekah to Jacob. Gen 27: 13. So said Christ to God’s justice, ‘Upon me be the curse, that my elect may inherit the blessing.’ Be patient under all the afflictions which you endure. Affliction is sharp, but it is not wrath, it is not hell. Who would not willingly drink in the cup of affliction that knows he shall never drink in the cup of damnation? Who would not be willing to bear the wrath of man that knows he shall never feel the wrath of God?

Christian, though thou mayest feel the rod, thou shalt never feel the bloody axe. Augustine once said, ‘Strike, Lord, where thou wilt, if sin be pardoned.’ So say, ‘Afflict me, Lord, as thou wilt in this life, seeing I shall escape the wrath to come.’

The Masculine Mandate

May 4th, 2010 | Add Comment | General Topics The Masculine Mandate |  Facebook

Richard D. Phillips, The Masculine Mandate, p.80 – “Our study of Genesis 2:15 disclosed the twofold Masculine Mandate, based on God’s original reason for placing man in the garden: ‘The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen. 2:15). Just as this mandate has been marred by sin, God’s redeeming work in Christ restores men to our high calling and equips us to fulfill it. To revisit some of what we learned in Chapter 2, the term work signifies God’s broad mandate for a nurturing and cultivating masculinity, which causes people and things to grow and become strong. The second term, keep, refers to man as a watchman and defender, keeping safe those under our care. By diligently observing the work-and-keep mandate, men fulfill their calling by building up and keeping safe.”

New Website!

May 3rd, 2010 | 5 Comments | General Topics New Website! |  Facebook

Welcome to the new website. It will develop more over time… Hopefully.

Does Might Make Right?

April 29th, 2010 | Add Comment | Quotes Does Might Make Right? |  Facebook

R.C. Sproul, The Consequences of Ideas | “Without an absolute ethical norm, morality is reduced to mere preference and the world is a jungle where might makes right.”

If God wants me happy why do I suffer?

April 22nd, 2010 | 2 Comments | General Topics If God wants me happy why do I suffer? |  Facebook