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Bill Kynes continues his series on how to read and interpret the Bible with a reminder that Christ is the center of all of Scripture. Jana Harmon reports about how numerous atheists became Christians. Dan Osborn asks and explores why some high-profile Christians walk away from the faith. Randy Newman suggests seeing the Gospel as a multifaceted message that connects to multifaceted people. Tom Tarrants digs into the often-ignored topic of biblical meditation. And, as always, we offer a sermon, a poem, and notes from our president, Joel Woodruff.

 

IS IT TRUE THAT "GOD'S WORK, DONE GOD'S WAY, WILL NEVER LACK GOD'S SUPPLY?" THE TEST CASE OF MARY AND JOSEPH
JOEL S. WOODRUFF, ED.D.
PRESIDENT, C.S. LEWIS INSTITUTE

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In this issue’s President’s letter, Joel Woodruff looks at the Christmas story as told in the Gospels and wonders how Joseph and Mary’s experience fits with the often-quoted maxim, “God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s resources.” He suggests that things may be a bit more complicated than that.

How to Read the Bible, Part 3: The Bible’s Center is Jesus Christ
Bill Kynes, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Pastoral Theology, C.S. Lewis Institute, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church

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Bill Kynes continues his series on how to read the Bible by zeroing in on the task of interpretation. He rightly reminds us that Jesus is the center of all of Scripture and any effort to interpret a part of the Bible without remembering that bigger picture is doomed to failure.

 

SURPRISED BY GOD: REACHING THE RESISTANT
JANA HARMON, PH.D.
TEACHING FELLOW, C.S. LEWIS INSTITUTE – ATLANTA 

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Jana Harmon interviewed fifty former atheists who had come to saving faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. She tells us what she learned in the process, both from what her conversations partners said and how they told their remarkable stories.

 

Thoughts on Why People Drift from the Faith
Dan Osborn
City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute – NorthEast Ohio

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Dan Osborn dares to wonder why some prominent Christians don’t persevere. As painful as the topic is, he rightly warns us not to ignore it. He also shares biblical insights as to how we can avoid the same tragic mistakes.

 

A Multifaceted Gospel for Multifaceted People
Randy Newman, Ph.D.
C.S. Lewis Institute Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism

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Randy Newman shares an excerpt from his recent book Unlikely Converts: Improbable Stories of Faith and What They Teach Us About Evangelism that emphasizes the many ways Scripture talks about the Gospel. It’s not just about forgiveness (although that certainly is central and non-negotiable).

Biblical Meditation
Thomas Tarrrants, D.Min.
President Emeritus, C.S. Lewis Institute


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Tom Tarrants considers how three influential leaders from Church history taught about Biblical meditation. He challenges us to slow down in our busy world and allow God’s Word to penetrate our entire beings with its powerful, transforming truths.

 

Poem: To Joseph (who taught me how to look at art)
Stuart McAlpine
Teaching Fellow, C.S. Lewis Institute Senior Pastor, Christ Our Shepherd Church

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C.S. Lewis loved poetry and wished he could be remembered most for his poems. They grab us in different ways than stories or prose. In each issue we feature a poem. We have selected one from Stuart McAlpine’s The Advent Overture: Meditations and Poems for the Christmas Season.

 

Sermon – Songs
in the Night

Charles Spurgeon
(1834 – 1892)
English Baptist Preacher

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An inspiring classic sermon from the pulpit of C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) that we hope will be a blessing to you.

 

 

Dr. Randy Newman is the Senior Teaching Fellow for the C.S. Lewis Institute. He posts regularly at his website, Connection Points, helping Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did.

This blog explores the links between the Christian faith and all of life and encourages exploration of common ground between Christians and those with other beliefs. This content can be found at
http://www.connectionpoints.us

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