Blog Posts by Joe Rigney
Putting on the Brave Face
Coaching tee ball is hard. And not just because it’s like herding a pack of wet cats. Or because five-year-olds generally prefer digging in the dirt to fielding grounders. Or because twenty minutes in, the main thing on half of…Continue Reading
When Envy Turns Deadly
Holy Week is a wonderful time for meditation and reflection. In addition to prayerfully considering the actions of Jesus in his triumphal entry and his temple cleansing and cursing, it’s worth reflecting on the actions of some of the other…Continue Reading
When Laughter Is An Act of Defiance
When you finally get the news, you hope you’ll be ready. You never know until the moment arrives, until you’re finally confronted with the long-awaited reality.
A few weeks ago, my mom called to tell me that my father’s long…Continue Reading
Be the Smile of God to Your Children
He’s a squirmy one, he is. If I don’t watch him, he’ll wriggle off the bed. But he doesn’t want to. He’s enjoying the tickle fight too much. I can’t blame him. Those giggles make this father’s heart want to…Continue Reading
Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry
They say that chivalry is dead, that the medieval ideal of the humble knight is laid low in the dust. They were saying the same in C.S. Lewis’s day. And Lewis, rather than lamenting the loss of chivalry, sought to…Continue Reading
Envy Hunts in a Pack
Picture your bathroom. Now picture your toilet. Now, you know that space behind the toilet, the disgusting place where nobody goes? The place that, if you should happen to drop your toothbrush, it means that you’ll just have to buy…Continue Reading
Why Envy Is a Danger for the YRR
‘Les Misérables’ and the Law of God
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is again a topic of conversation, and for good reason.
Christians, in particular, have rightly celebrated the portrayal of the beauty of mercy and grace in this moving 150-year-old tale. Most of the theological analyses have…Continue Reading
The Story-Teller Who Entered In
God is an Author. This world is his story. We are his characters.
I first heard of the analogy sitting in a college philosophy class, and I’ve used it ever since. I find it personally fruitful and pastorally helpful in…Continue Reading
So Where Was God?
The question is always the same. Where was God?
After the initial shock and horror subsides, after the news crews go home, we’re always left with the same question: So where was he?
Did he know ahead of time what…Continue Reading
Psalm 111: Delighting in the Works of God
Psalm 111:2 reminds us of a fundamental principle: Delight leads to study. A Lover can recall every feature of his Beloved’s face. A mother knows every dimple, hair, and birthmark on her baby’s body. When we recognize something as full…Continue Reading
To See the World As It Really Is: C. S. Lewis on Education
Having examined the form of education that Lewis rejects, we turn now to a brief summation of his own view. The following tenets are not the whole of Lewis’s educational paradigm, but instead form some of the nonnegotiables that Lewis…Continue Reading
Where Do We Find Jesus in the Old Testament?
For me, one of the most exciting elements of Scripture is its use of typology. Put simply,
[Typology is] the idea that persons (e.g., Moses), events (e.g., the exodus), and institutions (e.g., the temple) can — in the plan of…
C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 2)
C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 1)
Part of my goal in writing these posts is to commend the Narnian stories as a component of Christian discipleship. In doing so, I’m not merely contending that we can read them profitably as Christians, but that C. S. Lewis…Continue Reading
What Is the River of History?
God’s providence may not unfitly be compared to a large and long river, having innumerable branches beginning in different regions, and at a great distance one from another, and all conspiring to one common issue. After their very…
Narnia Helps Us Live Better Here
Many Christian readers, upon discovering additional layers of meaning in the Narnian stories, immediately jump to the conclusion that the Chronicles are allegories. These same readers would be surprised to learn that C. S. Lewis denied multiple times that the…Continue Reading
Two Tensions in Edwards’s View of History
One of the great challenges for those of us who love and embrace “the supremacy of God in all things” is to push this glorious truth into the corners. We must get specific. The supremacy of God in science.…Continue Reading
Three Objections to Fairy Tales and C. S. Lewis's Response
Five Purposes of God in the Work of Redemption
The final portion of Jonathan Edwards’ first sermon on “A History of the Work of Redemption” relates five designs of God in the great work that he carries on from the fall to the end of the world.
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Are Fairy Tales Just for Children?
The central thrust of this recurring column is that learning to live like a Narnian is something worth pursuing. Indeed, I want to commend it as a crucial component of Christian discipleship. In other words, I want to make a…Continue Reading
All of History Is Redemptive History
Learning to Breathe Narnian Air
In 1956, after completing the last book in The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis wrote a short article in the New York Times Book Review explaining how a childless professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature came to write fairy…Continue Reading
Three Points on Edwards's History of Redemption
Historical counterfactuals fascinate me. What if the British had won the Revolutionary War? What if Constantine had lost the Battle of Milan? What if Hitler had never been born?
As an amateur scholar of Jonathan Edwards, one of the most…Continue Reading
Abortion Is About God
They say that nothing is certain except death and taxes. In America, at least, we can add one more thing to the list: Every four years politicians and pundits will wax eloquent about the “difficult” and “controversial” issue of abortion.