Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Opus 36, Book Review: Mere Christianity

I have just reread a book by C.S. Lewis called Mere Christianity.  I have read it at least three times and plan to read it again in a few years.  I think it is that good.  Every time I read it my thinking is stimulated and my walk with the Lord is strengthened.  This book was originally put together as a series of radio talks about what Christianity was all about during World War II.  It was sponsored by the BBC.

One of the values of this book at this point in my life is that the chapters are short enough to read as stand alone studies.  You can easily read a chapter before someone interrupts you or a duty calls. 

Lewis writes from the perspective of a fully committed, orthodox, Anglican of the early 20th century.  There are places where he might have differences from you or I but the differences are usually what I would call cultural or semantic.  There are places where you realize that Lewis is not a theologian, at least not one aware of some of the modern heresies.  One place is toward the end where he talks about us becoming like gods.  He does not mean what the modern cults mean.  You understand that if you are reading for understanding.

If you have never read this book, do so.  If you have, read it again.  It is worth it.

My next post will be the notes that I took as I read.  They are not intended as an outline or exhaustive study, just the things that got me to thinking or made me want to think more.  The page numbers are from the Easton edition, they might not work in your copy so I have tried to indicate the location by also putting in the book and chapter designations.

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Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.