Priscilla Shirer, Bible teacher, best-selling author and popular conference speaker, takes hold of two brief but weighty verses from the Book of Ephesians to remind readers that "just because God can doesn't mean He will," and "just because He hasn't doesn't mean He won't." The bottom line, according to Shirer, is to remember "that He is able" — but you won't ever know it unless you take God at His word and put your faith to the test.
In God Is Able, Shirer, a married mother of three, Dallas Theological Seminary graduate and daughter of Pastor Tony Evans, takes Ephesians 3:20-21 and builds upon the apostle Paul's emphatic confession that God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…" by parsing and distilling each phrase, the most pivotal of which might be "immeasurably more."
Or, infinitely more...far more abundantly...exceeding abundantly above...above and beyond — some of the most common translations of the term "hyperekperissou hyper" that Paul uses to convey "the extravagant, profuse, exaggerated capacity and work of God," Shirer explains in God Is Able. more >>
Evan C. Rosa comes up with a great list of five things we may have not known about C.S. Lewis. Rosa communicates and curates ideas for Biola University's Center for Christian Thought.
1. He wasn't an Evangelical.
Despite the deep love Evangelicals have for Lewis, he wasn't one. He was a high-church Anglican who sought out the mere Christian middle ground. Lewis' greatest theological work, Mere Christianity, was probably the single most important contribution to Christian unity and ecumenism in the 20th century. Philosopher Peter Kreeft once told me, it's important that Lewis stood in the middle, as that allowed all sorts of Christians to identify with him and gain from his insight. more >>
The ridiculous viral video "The Fox" is set to become a children's book, available for Christmas.
"We felt that the idea 'What does the fox say?' was a good idea for a children's book, no matter what we turned it into as a video," Bard Ylvisake, one of the two brothers in the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis, told EuroNews. The book, titled What Does the Fox Say?, is set to release on Dec. 10.
It is reported that only 30 people attended the funeral of legendary author C.S. Lewis. His death occurred on the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963. The media, including in Britain, flooded the news with coverage of the U.S. president's death and that meant that Lewis' passing was not announced until after his funeral, according to Mike Stranks of the C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival committee in Britain.
Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day, the authors of a website dedicated to Lewis state. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.
Lewis wrote more than 30 books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. C. S. Lewis's most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies, according to CSLewis.com, and have been adapted into three major motion pictures. more >>
The head of a major Christian retailer presently suing the federal government has proposed a Bible class elective for an Oklahoma high school.
Steve Green, president of the Oklahoma-based retail giant Hobby Lobby Inc., has proposed a class for Mustang High School with a curriculum focused on various aspects of the Holy Bible.
"There's still some fine-tuning, but the curriculum breakdown would include an intro course covering the Old and New Testaments and the Bible's impact on society. Three advanced courses would focus on deeper history and cultural influence," reported KOCO 5 News. more >>
Author Kimberly Lock gives us five holiday tips on maintaining our sanity, peace, and avoiding a negative balance in our account in a list she calls "The 5 G's to Having a Good Holiday Season."
'Tis the Season to Remain Virtuous: The 5 G's to Having a Good Holiday Season more >>