Introducing the C.S. Lewis “Small Talks”

David Mathis

We want this conference to be the next best thing to visiting Narnia for yourself.

The Desiring God 2013 National Conference, September 27–29 in Minneapolis, is taking up the theme “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis.” Plenary speakers are John Piper, Douglas Wilson, Phil Ryken, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Randy Alcorn. And now, in addition to four Friday afternoon seminars, we’re introducing a dozen…

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The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer

Jonathan Parnell

It’s tragic how easily we can miss the main ingredient in effective prayer.

In our sin, we’ve been rewired to focus on us — on the steps we should take for our prayers to be heard. We have this bent toward believing that every result is born from method. If something works for somebody we want to know what that somebody is doing.

We’ve developed the assumption that if…

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The Most Frightening Prayer I Could Pray for My Children

Christina Fox

The most frightening prayer I could pray for my children is the one they need the most.

Now, I always pray about their behavior, their health, their progress in school, and their friendships. I also pray about their future and their jobs. I pray that my boys would marry “nice Christian girls.” But to be honest, when I pray for my children, it is easiest to ask that their lives…

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Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm

David Mathis

Bible memorization is always time well spent. Whether you’re tackling extended sections, or “fighter verses” for specific sins, or passages particularly helpful in pastoral ministry, surely all Scripture memory is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

And especially useful are one-verse statements of the gospel.

When you memorize a “gospel verse,” and keep it warm, you have hidden…

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Keller and Piper Talk C.S. Lewis

David Mathis

C.S. Lewis claimed he was no theologian. At least that wasn’t his day job. But it didn’t stop him from seriously shaping some of today’s most influential theologians.

Lewis was a world-class scholar of English literature, and a Christian layman and apologist, and one of the main formative heroes for both Tim Keller and John Piper.

In this new 10-minute video, Piper interviews Keller about Lewis’s ongoing impact on him…

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Books Don’t Change People, Paragraphs Do

John Piper

I have often said, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.”

This may not be fair to books, since paragraphs find their way to us through books, and they often gain their peculiar power because of the context they have in the book. But the point remains: One sentence or paragraph may lodge itself so powerfully in our mind that its effect is enormous when all else is…

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Capturing the Heart of a Child

David Mathis

What was so wonderful about C.S. Lewis, says Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, is that such an incredible mind wrote children’s stories. She continues,

He didn’t think children’s stories were beneath him. In fact, a mind like that is what it took to write those children’s stories. And of course, as Lewis said, a children’s story that’s only good for children isn’t a good children’s…

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Training Heart Identities in Boys and Girls

Luma Simms

Boys are different than girls. It’s plain in the Bible and plain in our everyday experience as parents.

I have five children. The first three are girls; the last two are boys. They are different! There is no question that each child is unique. There is no question of the heterogeneity in temperament, interests, skills, gifts, weaknesses, areas of sin, areas of obedience, and more. Yes and amen. God is…

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C.S. Lewis: Christian, Writer, Scholar, Prophet

David Mathis

It’s hard to be a casual fan of C.S. Lewis. Many despise him for his Christianity and convictions. Many love him dearly for his brilliant mind and writing and prophetic insight.

If you’ve read enough Lewis to track with his vision and life’s project, you’ll either love him or hate him. Let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about being only a casual fan. He has not left that…

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