All Resources by Joe Rigney

Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry

Joe Rigney
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…
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C.S. Lewis: Christian, Writer, Scholar, Prophet

David Mathis and Joe Rigney
Joe Rigney talks about his fascination with C.S. Lewis and his excitement for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference
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Narnia

Joe Rigney
Joe Rigney welcomes us into Narnia, the imaginary world of C.S. Lewis.
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Envy Hunts in a Pack

Joe Rigney
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…
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Why Envy Is a Danger for the YRR

Joe Rigney
And behold, I saw a white horse. Its rider’s name was Success, and Envy followed him. Envy is a movement killer. And if you ask me, it is probably the fundamental danger facing the modest movement called Young, Restless Reformed…
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‘Les Misérables’ and the Law of God

Joe Rigney
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…
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The Story-Teller Who Entered In

Joe Rigney
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…
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So Where Was God?

Joe Rigney
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…
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Confronting the Problem(s) of Evil

Joe Rigney
Introduction Where was God? The question is always the same. After the initial shock and horror subsides, after the news crews go home, we're always left with the same question: Where was God?  Did he know it was going to…
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Psalm 111: Delighting in the Works of God

Joe Rigney
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…
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To See the World As It Really Is: C. S. Lewis on Education

Joe Rigney
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…
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Where Do We Find Jesus in the Old Testament?

Joe Rigney
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…
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C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 2)

Joe Rigney
We’ve seen, in Part 1, that Lewis’s critique of modern education begins by highlighting the marginalization of value statements, the separation of fact and value, and the creation of men without chests. However, Lewis is not merely lamenting the…
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C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 1)

Joe Rigney
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…
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What Is the River of History?

Joe Rigney
Edwards writes: 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…
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Narnia Helps Us Live Better Here

Joe Rigney
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…
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Two Tensions in Edwards’s View of History

Joe Rigney
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…
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Three Objections to Fairy Tales and C. S. Lewis's Response

Joe Rigney
C.S. Lewis loved fairy stories. He thoroughly believed that “sometimes fairy stories say best what needs to be said” (the title of one of his essays). And, as we’ve seen, Lewis rejected the modern association of fairy tales with…
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Five Purposes of God in the Work of Redemption

Joe Rigney
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. According to…
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Are Fairy Tales Just for Children?

Joe Rigney
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…
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All of History Is Redemptive History

Joe Rigney
In a previous post, I lamented the fact that Jonathan Edwards died prior to writing his unfinished masterwork, a God-centered biblical theology and world history, integrated by Christ’s work of redemption. But God, despite removing Edwards from this world…
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Learning to Breathe Narnian Air

Joe Rigney
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…
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Three Points on Edwards's History of Redemption

Joe Rigney
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…
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Abortion Is About God

Joe Rigney
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 …
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