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Words of Wisdom from the Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

If you’ve ever heard the name Blaise Pascal, it was likely in a science or math class. Remember Pascal’s Law? Pascal’s law, which states that “a change in pressure at any point in an enclosed fluid at rest is transmitted undiminished to all points in the fluid.” was formulated by this French Roman Catholic Mathematician in the 1640’s. To put things in…

Christmas in Psalm 72: An Advent Devotional

In an election year, expectations for future leadership are high. We desire that a president, governor or other elected official accomplish certain objectives. We also hope that our leaders act justly and with integrity. Yet, when a term-limit is complete, who among us isn’t disappointed? In the Old Testament, a line of Kings ruled Israel for nearly five centuries. There was anticipation…

Christmas in Psalm 65: An Advent Devotional

This post is the first of four advent devotionals from the book of Psalms For many of us, Thanksgiving and Christmas form a single month-long holiday. Maybe this is due in part, to retail. Stores try to persuade us that Black Friday is our last, and best chance for deals that will evaporate come Saturday morning. For Christians, Christmas and Thanksgiving are…

Praying for Christ’s Rule and Reign: A Humble Attempt

In the early 1730’s, a young New England pastor named Jonathan Edwards (1703–57) witnessed a series of sudden and powerful religious awakenings among churches and communities in what is modern-day Massachusetts. These localized revivals, though noteworthy in their own right, were mere preludes to what would later become known as the First Great Awakening. Tens of thousands across the then-British Colonies were…

Everything Will Be Yours because God Will Be Yours

This blog is part of a series on The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis’ For the last six months our church has been working through Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. We have reached the concluding section, which, like the previous four segments, bears the familiar contrast of twos. Jesus reminds his hearers of the reality that they’ve reached a…

The Great Divorce Part II: Willing Departure From the Faith

This blog is part of a series of essays on the Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis Many young men and women grow up in Bible-believing families, are members of evangelical churches and yet lose their faith after attending college. In some cases, a religion or philosophy course undermines what was considered by the student foundational for their faith. For others, a plurality…

An Introduction to The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

This post is the first of a series of blogs that will examine the theology, characterization, and overall message of The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis As one of the great 20th-century authors for the Christian faith, C.S. Lewis’ (1899 –1963) writings continue to resonate with contemporary readers. As professor of medieval history at Oxford University, Lewis was thoroughly versed in the…

Fellowship with one another: The church’s response to the lonely

There are many things money can’t buy. A loving community is one of them. On December 1st, a poem was published in the Sonoma Index Tribune that was revealing as it was tragic. In a city of great wealth, genuine poverty remains—and no amount of money will alleviate it. Fulfillment found in intimate relationships gives life meaning. God designed men and women…