Let’s Create a Preaching Renaissance
My Prayer For You
Lord Jesus, who prayed that we might all be one,
we pray to you for the unity of Christians,
according to your will,
according to your means.
May your Spirit enable us
to experience the suffering caused by division,
to see our sin
and to hope beyond all hope.
Written by the Chemin Neuf Community
Sound Theology with Colleen Butcher
The Open Table
A Light So Lovely:
The Spiritual Legacy of the Life of Madeleine L’Engle
by Sarah Arthur
–Review by Teri Hyrkas
When she was a teenager, Sarah Arthur knew of Madeleine L’Engle’s award winning book, A Wrinkle In Time, but didn’t read it because she was not drawn to what sounded like science fiction. Later, while a student at Wheaton College, Arthur went through a “dark night of the soul” in her faith. During this time her college roommate shared some of L’Engle’s nonfiction books with Arthur, among them, The Rock That Is Higher: Story As Truth and Walking On Water. Arthur writes: “I can’t overstate the gift that Madeleine was to this mainline evangelical.”
Sarah Arthur’s biography of L’Engle, A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of the Life of Madeleine L’Engle (Zondervan, 2018), tells the story of the beloved author, educator, and mentor who Arthur describes as “[A] Christian author who could function quite unperturbedly from inside paradox, who dared to question the assumption that everything must be either/or. Why can’t it be both/and? What is this nonsense about “secular”? Why can’t God use those things if God wants to? Why can’t God speak through this or that person (if God can speak through a donkey, for instance)? Who says?” read more…
If the church wishes to converse effectively with a culture, it must learn the culture’s language. Today, shifts in technology mean that language is increasingly one of symbols and metaphors, stories and images―not words.