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Peter’s Puzzling Paradox

In his classic book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, author C.S. Lewis provides us with the following memorable scene when one of the children asks Mr. and Mrs. Beaver about Aslan in anticipation of meeting him. “Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion” Susan asked. “That you will, dearie, and make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver. “If there is anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than…

Your Unusual Story

Some years ago, Christian History Magazine devoted an entire issue to Charles Spurgeon. An opening feature was titled, “Did you know? A collection of true and unusual facts about Charles Haddon Spurgeon.” Among the many facts—all of them true, all of them interesting—about C. H. Spurgeon, two of the most fascinating are stories of conversions that came about through Spurgeon’s influence, but under very unlikely circumstances. Eric W. Hayden reports: “One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around…

The Emotional Paradox of the Mature Christian

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King, Tolkien describes a scene where the young hobbit Pippin studies the face of the ancient wizard Gandalf: “Pippin glanced in some wonder at the face now close beside his own…he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth.” Tolkien insightfully and…

1 Peter: Meet the Readers

Last week it was my privilege and joy to introduce you to Peter as we begin a series on The First Letter of Peter. This week I’d like to introduce you to the original readers. We can’t understand the relevance of this letter for us if we haven’t first met them. In meeting them, we discover the occasion and circumstances that led Peter to write. The recipients of this letter are our brothers and sisters. They were being persecuted for their faith….

Meet the Author

For me, every vacation presents me with a critical decision: the choice of what book to read while I’m away. I make this decision carefully every year. At times, I will even wait to read a certain book until I’m away on vacation, so that I can derive the maximum enjoyment from it. One year, a few weeks before our family vacation, I happened to read an interview with the author of a book about a topic that held no interest for…