K&D Winter 2017 Below The Fold


In addition to important articles by D.A. Carson about "Spiritual Disciplines", Randy Newman about "Finding Lewis-like Joy in the Music of Sergei Rachmaninoff", and part 3 of Michael Ward's "The Good Serves the Better and Both the Best", there are very thoughtful pieces like Tom Tarrants' "Go, Make Disciples of All Nations" and George Hammond's "Rethinkng the Image of God in Light of Those with Severe Cognitive Disabilities". We also have a touching poem entitled Why Live This Long? and a stirring sermon from Martin Luther on The Method and Fruits of Justification.


Our new book club is starting now with the Athanasius: The Incarnation of The Word of God.


President's Letter – “Lord, Please Help Me Get One More”: A Disciple-Making Prayer


CSLI President Joel Woodruff inspires us to approach evangelism and discipleship with the same zeal that Desmond Doss approached saving physical lives of soldiers, as portrayed in the recent movie Hacksaw Ridge. Pointing to C. S. Lewis’s reminder that we live in “enemy occupied territory,” Joel resets our perspective about reaching out to others every day.


Spiritual Disciplines

D.A. Carson, Ph.D.
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


D.A. Carson observes that in common usage, the words “spiritual” and “spirituality” have meanings ranging outside the sphere of biblical usage, and likewise the term “spiritual disciplines” has extended itself into arenas that are bound to make those who love the gospel more than a little nervous. In this article, Carson considers: How shall we evaluate the popular approach to spiritual disciplines? How should Christians think of spiritual disciplines and their connection with spirituality as defined by Scripture?


Rethinking the Image of God in Light of Those with Severe Cognitive Disabilities
George C. Hammond, D.Min.
Teaching Fellow, C.S. Lewis Insitute - Loudoun County Pastor, Bethel Presbyterian Church UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD


In 2002, Hammond’s youngest daughter Rebecca was born with severe cognitive disability. This created a crisis in the author’s faith which led him to the Scriptures to reconsider what it means for a human being to be made in the image of God. In this article, Hammond explains what he discovered and what it means for persons like his daughter and all human beings to be made in the image of God. He also discusses how individuals and churches can welcome families with a member who has severe cognitive disabilities.


Finding Lewis-Like Joy in the Music of Sergei Rachmaninoff
Randy Newman, Ph.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute


The Russian composer and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff, wrote masterpieces that have found their way into the standard repertoires of major orchestras for decades. CSLI Senior Teaching Fellow Randy Newman shares how Rachmaninoff’s music can help us experience “longing” and beauty in profound ways. And he shares details about the composer’s life that may inspire you.


The Good Serves the Better and Both the Best: C.S. Lewis on Imagination and Reason in Christian Apologetics, Part 3 of 3
Michael Ward, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford


In this final installment of Michael Ward’s 3 part series, Ward challenges us to reach out with the gospel by doing more than just promoting ideas or stating propositions. We need to engage the imaginations and affections of those we want to reach.


Go, Make Disciples of All Nations
Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D.Min.
Vice President for Ministry & Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, C.S. Lewis Institute

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The Great Commission, sadly, is often “The Great Omission.” Tom Tarrants unpacks the Bible’s teaching about making disciples of “all the nations.” In our current climate of fragmentation and division, his thoughts about this age-old teaching are remarkably timely.

POEM: Why Live This Long?
Michael Maibach
Poet, Professor, and International Business Consultant

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In each issue of Knowing and Doing we include a poem as part of our desire to promote discipleship of the heart and mind. Poems stir affection, inspire devotion and stimulate emotions. No wonder the Scriptures contains so many of them! And by the way, C. S. Lewis loved poetry.


The Method and Fruits of Justification
Martin Luther
1483 – 1546

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An inspiring classic sermon from the pulpit of Martin Luther that we hope will be a blessing to you.


Athanasius: The Incarnation of the Word of God
Joseph Kohm, Jr.
City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute Virginia Beach

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In this installment of our encouragement to read old books, CSLI – Virginia Beach City Director Joe Kohm introduces us to a writer most of us don’t know. He shows us, however, why we must know him and his teaching.


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