C.S. Lewis on St. James and the Inherent Conflict in the Astonishing Promise of James 1:6

C.S. Lewis

On July 25, Christians observe the Feast of St. James the Apostle.C.S. Lewis offered a reflection on the apparent contradiction in the Scriptures, as exemplified in James 1:6,  that you will get what you ask for, and yet also prepare yourself submissively in advance for a possible refusal.Be prepared to be frustrated:  He exposes the conundrum, but what he doesn't offer is a solution that you can take to the bank. The New Testament contains embarrassing promises that what we pray for w … [Read more...]

The Scripture That Guides U.S. Soccer Champion Clint Dempsey

U.S. soccer champ Chris Dempsey, featured in Sports Spectrum

Soccer star Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. team, is tough as nails, talented and clever--arguably the best U.S. player ever.  If he's not as fast as he used to be, he's still a very dangerous attacker, very physical.  He suffered a broken nose early in the U.S. team's first game in the World Cup; but he's still played every minute.  Dempsey is the epitome of the gritty, never-say-die spirit that's been the hallmark of U.S. soccer in recent years.He is also a man of faith.Dempsey pen … [Read more...]

THE FRUIT OF HER WOMB: John Meets His Cousin for the First Time

Visitation 1

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, that day when the pregnant Mary travels from Nazareth to Bethany in the hill country to visit her older cousin Elizabeth.  Mary seeks support, advice, perhaps a shoulder to cry on—for she must have worried what people would think, seeing her condition.  Wouldn’t they be scandalized?  And what does it all mean?Elizabeth, seeing Mary approach along the road, rushes out to greet her.To Mary’s delight, Elizabeth—long childless, and probably appr … [Read more...]


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