Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to you all!

i am back in Abbotsford for a few days here over the holidays and it has been a great time. Superb to be back in my home church, see some great friends and visit with my fantastic family.

something that i was struck by in the Christmas Eve service last night was the fact that it was the Holy Spirit who conceived Jesus in the womb. Well of course it was, you may say, but i never thought about it in the way that it is by the work of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is "birthed" in our hearts and lives too.

yes?

that is a good thought.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I am back in my coffee shop.

I only caught the tale end of a sermon today and the tale end was this:

"You make a difference in my life." If I've failed to tell you that before, there it is. It's true. To the ten that I know of, thus far, who commented on that last post, I speak that to each of you.

I'm going to do a book review on today's blog post. or review(S). On C.S.Lewis' "Cosmic Space Trilogy" which includes, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength. I inhaled these three books in a matter of a week. For good reason.

My favorite of the three was Perelandra. It was Lewis' take on the fall of man, except not THE fall of man, but the potential second fall of man, but this time not on earth, but rather on Perelandra. Otherwise known as Venus. There are some truly terrifying conversations between the temptor and the sinless character of the Eve-like woman. I am often staggered by Lewis' profound understanding of both the gospel and of the deceptive nature of satan.

A truly imaginative account of a world yet untainted by the destructive invasion of sin. I do recommend.

That Hideous Strength. Terrifying. I babysat my boss' kids the other weekend and the third time little Mackenzie came down crying and saying she missed her folks, I marched her back upstairs, said she could bunk with me for the night and made her pray to Jesus to make her brave and to allow her to sleep well in the tragic absence of her parents. She did. She slept well. The funny thing was, three hours after reading about the Hideous strength of our earthly enemy, I too was just TERRIFIED and every creak and groan of the house was amplified in my now hyper-sensitive mind. I too had to pray for Jesus to make me brave!

Anyways, if you like Clive Staples and can hack Sci-fi, do read. You won't regret it.