Learning How to Do Theology from C. S. Lewis

When we experience a world beyond our world we often find a better understanding of our own. Stories do just that; they bring us to a different world. My own hero and spiritual mentor, C. S. Lewis, said it like this when Edmund and Lucy were about to leave Narnia for the last time: “Please, Aslan,” said Lucy. “Before we go, will you tell us when we can come back to Narnia again? Please. And oh, do, do, do make it soon.” “Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.” “Oh, Aslan!!” said Edmund and Lucy both together in despairing voices. “You are too old, children,” said Aslan, “and you must begin to come close to your own world now.” “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 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.” Good literature (fiction and non-fiction) has a way of taking us beyond our own circumstances and giving us perspective we didn’t have before. Aside from Scripture, no other writer has had more influence on my perspectives than C. S. Lewis. Through the worlds he created, I came to better know my own. Continue Reading...

How God Recreates His People

When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, he created a people for himself. He created a people to be ruled by him and who would, in turn, be a blessing to the world (Genesis 12:3). However, this people rebelled against him by worshiping idols and broke the covenant he made with them. Between the 8th and 6th centuries BC, God exiled the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, his people. Thankfully God wasn’t done with the people he created. In the middle of this exile, the greatest discipline the Israelites had ever seen as nation, God promised to do something incredible. He promised to recreate his people. Continue Reading...