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May 13, 2015

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This is exactly what I believe has stolen my passion for God. Too engaged in theor and not enough in God Himself. Thanks for sharing.

A lot of the men in my family are this way. I can be as well of course. However I think they subconsciously feel more manly arguing with people about God than praying for them or talking to God at all.

Audiobooks are a great tool for the busy apologist and Lewis' The Great Divorce is one of the most intriguing books I've read. The compelling supposal of heaven juxtaposed with the psychology of the unbelievers really works in ways that surprised me. The artist's struggle really hits home for those at risk of making their love of ministry into an idol. Lewis' genius is on display in this book. Thank you for blogging about it.

I do not know whether it is funny or sad that I can think of people who would have sided with Ghost and considered the situation entirely unfair to a true artist.

What do you suppose the cure of this is? To be a doer of the word? "To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."?


Fu, I don't think the cure is to "do" more things. I think the cure is to, as Lewis said, "see and feed"—to receive from God. To see Him as a Person, to spend time with Him as a Person. To enjoy Him as a Person for the sake of knowing and enjoying Him, not for the sake of finding things to say to others about Him. Sometimes time pressures us into the latter, but we have to guard against it. He is central—not arguments, not even convincing people our arguments are good ones. He is the reason for everything. We can't let ourselves drift away from that. If we lose our joy in Him, we lose our reason for doing any of this.

Amen! I like that.

While I agree that we can lose our first love by becoming puffed up in our knowledge of Him, it also is a natural of expression of our love of Him to share our knowledge of Him (the gospel) with others, so they too can love Him. Without His grace, the task of maintaining priorities is impossible. With His grace, we can't fail.

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