Thursday, February 26, 2015

Welcome to Narnia

DPC Elder Jay Suggs & his family woke up in Narnia this morning, and they were kind enough to send me a picture.

No Turkish Delight mind you... just a picture.

Remember when Aslan told Edmund & Lucy they wouldn't be coming back to Narnia again?...

“It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are—are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

If the snow has you stuck indoors for most of today, make the most of it!  Light the fire, heat up the hot chocolate, open up a Narnia book, and get to know Jesus better.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Options

"If two thousand years of pious handling had not dimmed both this story and its demand, [Mark’s] gospel would still be seen as the burning outrage it continues to be. It is either a work of madness or blinding revelation. The acts it portrays, the claim it advances, from the very first paragraph — demands that we make a hard choice. If we take it seriously — we must finally ask the question the author thrusts so flagrantly toward us. Does he bring us a life-transforming truth; or is it one gifted lunatic’s tale of another lunatic, wilder than he?"

~Reynolds Price

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Fourth Commandment

"My mood would darken every weekend, until by Saturday afternoon I’d be unresponsive and morose. My normal routine, which involved brunch with friends ... made me feel impossibly restless .... then I began to do something that, as a teenager profoundly put off by her religious education, I could never have imagined wanting to do. I began dropping in on a nearby synagogue. Finally I developed a theory for my condition. If [formerly] I suffered from the Sabbath [and all its regulations], I now was suffering from the lack thereof. There is ample evidence that our relationship to work is out of whack. Let me argue on behalf of an institution that has kept workaholism in reasonable check for thousands of years. Most people mistakenly believe that all you have to do to stop working is not work. The inventors of the Sabbath understood that it was a much more complicated undertaking. You cannot downshift casually and easily. This is why the Puritan and Jewish Sabbaths’ were so exactingly intentional. The rules did not exist to torture the faithful. Interrupting the ceaseless round of striving requires a surprisingly strenuous act of will, one that has to be bolstered by habit as well as by social sanction."

— Judith Shulevitz, “Bring Back the Sabbath,” New York Times — Magazine, March 2, 2003

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

When Hope Is Overthrown

“We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.”

John Calvin