From the monthly archives: November 2013

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Can't Get No Satisfaction: Why Thanksgiving is a Means, Not an End

 

What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD [...]

 

I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. (Psalms 116:12–13, 17)

 

My only foray into Black Friday came several years ago. Thankfully, I was not alone. I was with my brother-in-law who would, months later, be deployed for the longest tour of duty recorded in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His impending deployment gave this Black Friday a certain poignance. He was off to fight for the land of the free, the home of the big box. 

We were looking for the Black Friday draw at this particular store. It was a digital camera whose life would become obsolete in short order, thanks to this little thing called a “smart phone.” We arrived at the store at 9 a.m. You might see where this is going.

“Do you have any of those ever-so-important-soon-to-be-obsolete cameras that you have been advertising?”

“What? Are you serious? Those were sold out three hours ago! If you wanted one, you should have been here at 5 a.m.”

Eat a hearty meal on Thursday in some acknowledgement of the God who faithfully provides, then get up on Friday pre-dawn, work hard, throw a few elbows and fight for your camera. Might we say that something is a little off?

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In Remembrance: Clive Staples Lewis on the 50th Anniversary of His Death

 

On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, Aldous Huxley and Clive Staples Lewis died. I’m not sure which is harder to fathom: that three such widely influential figures all passed from the world’s stage on the same day, or that it’s been half a century since their passing. 

The Web has been buzzing this week with a lot of great content about all of these men, and much of it is worth your time. On our little slice of the Internet, we want to take a moment to remember Lewis, that giant man of the Christian faith. From apologetics, to fantasy, to science fiction, his writings have impacted Christendom in a myriad of ways. It is hard to overstate the influence Lewis has had on Christianity (and literature) these last 50 years. 

We think that one of the best ways to honor Lewis is to simply quote him. Rarely has a writer been able to pair so much wisdom and truth with just as much wit. So, below is a timely excerpt from Lewis’s book God in the Dock. Curious, though: What are some of your favorite C.S. Lewis quotes? Feel free to post them in the comments section.

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Faithwalkers vs. The Beach

 

It’s November and that means it’s the time of year when many of us are asking the Faithwalkers question. Should we or shouldn’t we? Can we make it happen this year?
 
Well, it’s 2013, which is an odd-numbered year, which means Faithwalkers is in Grand Junction, which means it’s more “family friendly” than other years (travel time, conference center, seminar topics, etc.). Therefore, many families are currently wondering if they can pull it off. I’ll help out by recounting a conversation my wife, Faith, and I had a few Novembers ago.
 
Faith (who receives no royalties from the conference which bears her name) and I started with the assumption that most families leave town for some sort of vacation once per year or so. This takes a lot of time and money so vacations are obviously important to most people. We listed the reasons families take trips and came up with three motivators:

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Screwtape Would Not Have Been a Fan of Our "Myths" Series

 

The seventh chapter of C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters is reprinted below in full. It gives one the impression that ol’ Screwtape would have been pretty disgusted with our “Myths” series.

Speaking of which, there will be a Q&A-style forum this Sunday after the service. There has been a lot of good discussion coming from this series, and we want to give you all a chance to ask any lingering questions and share any last thoughts or even rebuttals. If you have questions, please submit them before Sunday. You can do that in the comments section of this post, on our Facebookpage, by tweeting at us, or by emailing me at trevorsides@summitview.com.



My dear Wormwood,
I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command.

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The Myths of Summitview: An Invitation to the "Myths" Open Forum

 

Well, that was something.

If you’ve been following along for the last month, we’ve been evaluating the “mullets” and “corduroys” of Summitview’s culture. Our goal in the “Myths” series was to destroy the cultural assumptions that might divide or distract us from our primary devotion to Jesus and ultimate trust in the gospel.

That being said, these myths prevail for a reason. They are downstream from values we hold dear. Addressing the myths, then, included discussions about these dearly held values. It hasn’t been easy and it certainly hasn’t been exhaustive. But we pray that the exercise has resulted in a renewed vigor to encourage faith and to hold fast to our Head, King Jesus. Thank you for reading, considering, praying and commenting.

A lot of important ground has been covered, but not all the ground has been covered. Maybe this series has left questions in your mind. Maybe, in the course of reading these posts, you wished that the authors had talked about a particular thread or addressed a certain point, and why in the world didn’t they talk about this?

Well, good news, deep thinkers: On Sunday, November 17 after the service, there will be an open forum in which the authors of the “Myths” posts will address your lingering questions, thoughts, concerns or philosophical rebuttals. 

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