Thursday 20 December 2018

Knowing and Doing (Winter 2018)

The Winter 2018 edition of Knowing & Doing – ‘A Teaching Quarterly for Discipleship of Heart and Mind’ – from the C.S. Lewis Institute is now available online (from here), and contains the following articles:

Joel Woodruff
President’s Letter: Decluttering Christmas
In his President’s Letter, Joel Woodruff considers the question: What if we were to de-clutter the Christmas story and remove the extraneous additions that have become a part of our Christmas pageant experience and understanding? What would the story of the birth of Christ look like if it was based solely on the biblical test, and the non-essential additions to the story were removed?

Thomas A. Tarrants, III
Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Life
Are you confident that you know and are fulfilling God’s purpose for your life? Tom Tarrants observes that God’s purpose for our life has two major aspects: His purpose in the world to come, and His purpose in the present world. These are intricately intertwined, and it is important to approach our need for guidance in the pressing affairs of the present world, which seem so urgent, in the context of God’s larger, eternal purpose. Once we situate ourselves in this framework, we can more readily discern and embrace God’s particular plans in the unique circumstances of our lives.

Corey Latta
Lewis on Emotion
In this article, Corey Latta addresses how C.S. Lewis wrote about emotion, and shares about what Lewis’s books have meant to him in his life.

Ben Heim
Speaking to Skeptics
About once a month Ben Hein, an assistant pastor, spends an evening with a local community of religious skeptics, freethinkers and atheists. In this article, Hein shares three of the more important lessons he has learned from attending this group over the past two years, with the hope that it will equip you and your church to grow in their engagement with non-Christians in your local communities.

Randy Newman
Putting Together the Pieces of the Evangelism Puzzle
According to Randy Newman, evangelism could be viewed as slightly less difficult if we break it down into component parts. In this article, Newman breaks evangelism down to a few component skills: presenting a concise summary of the gospel, sharing your personal testimony, answering apologetic questions, asking stimulating questions and offering invitations.

David George Moore
An Encouragement to Read Augustine’s Big Book, The City of God
Augustine’s The City of God was written approximately 413-426 A.D. and is recognized as one of the most influential books in history. In this article, David George Moore provides background information about the life of Augustine and explains why, and how, we should read The City of God.

Gerard M Hopkins
Poem: Pied Beauty
In each issue of Knowing and Doing we include a poem as part of our desire to promote discipleship of the heart and mind. Poems stir affection, inspire devotion and stimulate emotions. No wonder the Scriptures contains so many of them! And by the way, C.S. Lewis loved poetry.

Bernard of Clairvaux
Sermon: How Earthly Things Can Never Satisfy, An Excerpt from the Christian Classic, On Loving God
An inspiring classic sermon from Bernard Clairvaux that we hope will be a blessing to you.

Aimee Riegert
Raising Aslan’s Kids: Discipling Tomorrow’s Church Today
Aimee Riegert observes that God asks Christian parents, grandparents and guardians to “disciple our children, modeling faith through our own lives.” While no single formula works for every family, there are some basic healthy habits that lay a strong foundation for fruitful daily life in a godly home. In this article, Riegert discusses four key steps, used in CSLI’s Aslan Academy Parents Guidebook, in living out our faith: pray, study, apply and step out.

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