When Paul started toward Damascus, he was a Jew by birth and faith. By the time he
arrived, he was a Jew by birth and nearly a Christian. On December 21, 1929, C. S.
Lewis -- upon reading John Bunyan's Grace Abounding -- realized that he was
no longer an atheist, but a (reluctant) believer in God. It took Lewis another step to
become a Christian, as it took Paul's needing the touch of Ananias to bring him to
baptism. Lewis read Christian books and talked with friends. Then on September 28,
1931, at age 32, Lewis rode to the zoo in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle. When he
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.