Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Me & Somebody Famous
A few weeks back one of my former professors, Jerram Barrs, was speaking down in Birmingham. My oldest daughter & I got to enjoy dinner with Jerram & then got to enjoy his first lecture. Both were wonderful.
I'd love to effectively introduce you to Jerram and tell you what kind of man he is... but let's just say that out of all the professors I've ever had, he's the only one I call by his first name. And there's nothing special about me doing so. Everyone does.
He's a wise, gracious, loving, humble, brilliant, extraordinary man.
He himself would be uncomfortable reading that, and not out of any "false" humility. He knows his sin. As he himself has written: "Pride takes our whole lifetime to die." But anyone else who read the sentence above would say that I stopped way too early.
Here's a quote from one of his books:
“Instead of judging those outside the church, Jesus calls us to imitate Him by loving our enemies, blessing those who curse us, praying for those who mistreat us, doing good to those who hate us. Rather than becoming involved in a war of words against the unrighteous and the ungodly, we are to give ourselves for them, just as Jesus did.
We are called to bear His grace into the world, not His judgment. The time will indeed come for Him to judge, but that is His task and not ours. Our task is to be messengers of His mercy and love into the world, even to those who are our enemies or who are the enemies of the Gospel of Christ and hostile to the commandments of God.”
The lecture we heard was Jerram speaking of his new book, Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts.
It's a beautiful book, dealing with arts in general & then specific literary works and themes dealt with by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, William Shakespeare, & Jane Austen.
The reason we love the books these people have written? Because of the "echoes of Eden" that we find in them.
The Heart of Evangelism
Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts
Learning Evangelism from Jesus
Through His Eyes: God's Perspective on Women in the Bible
The Heart of Prayer
Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God's Alternative to Legalism and Moralism
Freedom & Discipleship: Your Church and Your Personal Decisions
Shepherds & Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following
Who Are The Peacemakers: The Christian Case for Nuclear Deterrence
Being Human: The Nature of Spiritual Experience
Francis Schaeffer: Life and Theology
Peace and Justice in a Nuclear Age: Christians and Pacificism