"My Silver Lining" from "Stay Gold," the new album from First Aid Kit, available June 10th.
Source: SoundCloud / First Aid Kit
"The culture war isn’t religious versus secular. It’s a clash of two faiths."
"We’re entering an era where we will see who the evangelicals really are, and by that I mean those who believe in the gospel itself, in all of its truth and all of its grace. And many will shrink back. There are no riots if the gospel you’re preaching doesn’t threaten the silversmiths of the Temple of Artemis. And there are no clucking tongues if the gospel you’re preaching isn’t offered to tax collectors and temple prostitutes."
Until the idol is removed, it will distort and obscure everything else in the person’s life. This is the principle of inescapable influence: Whatever rules the heart will exercise inescapable influence over a person’s life and behavior.
The Summer of C.S. Lewis
I declare the summer of 2014 to be the summer of C.S. Lewis—for me, at least.
I’ve read Lewis, but not as much as I’d like. I did a book report on “Mere Christianity” in high school. My wife and I read most of “Screwtape” together when we were still dating. But I haven’t plunged into the depths of Lewis’ work. I’d like for this summer to be all about that.
I’ll be working as a pastoral intern at my home church as a part of my field education requirement for seminary. I’ll also be serving my beautiful and very pregnant wife during the summer, as we await the birth of our son. In between this important stuff that will take up the majority of my time, I am greatly looking forward to diving into Lewis’ work and exploring his thought.
If you have any must-reads by Lewis, feel free to shout them out.
"Our need of Christ does not cease with our believing; nor does the nature of our relation to Him or to God through Him ever alter, no matter what our attainments in Christian graces or our achievements in Christian behavior may be. It is always on His ‘blood and righteousness’ alone that we can rest. There is never anything that we are or have or do that can take His place, or that can take a place along with Him." — #BBWarfield, the great Princeton theologian who died this day in 1921.
In Christ, the weakness and godlessness and sin and enmity of the world are shown to be a lie and objectively removed once and for all. And… in Christ, the peace of the world with God, the turning of man to Him, his friendship with Him, is shown to be the truth and objectively confirmed once and for all.