What robs joy of its joyfulness? That is the question we have sought to dig into over the course of a few posts (see parts one, two, and three here). We have looked at Christian joy and its opposers with a close lens, in hopes that we will learn more about true Christian joy, and … Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Pride
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” That was the maxim of Theodore Roosevelt, a good one at that. But Comparison, I’m learning, is not a loud enemy. It sneaks; it is often a thief indeed, coming “in the night” so to speak. It is not the kind that busts out windows with guns blazing. It … Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Comparison
What robs joy of its joyfulness? We began to think through this question last week. We started with the affirmation that joy is central to our dogma and practice as Christians. In other words, the Christian life is not very Christian if there is an absence of joy. We should strive to cultivate joy, and that oftentimes … Continue reading The Foes of Joy: Happiness
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” – John 18:38 On this day, 190 years ago, something remarkable happened. On July 4, 1826, John Adams, second President of the United States, passed away. Adams would die on the same exact day as the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the document … Continue reading What is Truth?
Yet again, I have picked up The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis. It’s always a fascinating read, as are every one of Lewis’ books. The book is a collection of nine sermons that were delivered by Jack during the Second World War. There are a whole host of topics covered in the sermon collection — pacifism, … Continue reading 10 Brilliant Insights from C.S. Lewis’ “The Weight of Glory”
When I first began to draw near to belief in God and ever for some time after it had been given to me, I found a stumbling block in the demand so clamorously made by all religious people that we should “praise” God; still more in the suggestions that God Himself demanded it. We all … Continue reading C.S. Lewis on Praising a Self-Centered God