Observations

Great thought from the preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

Faith according to our Lord’s teaching in this paragraph, is primarily thinking; and the whole trouble with a man of little faith is that he does not think. He allows circumstances to bludgeon him. … We must spend more time in studying our Lord’s lessons in observation and deduction. The Bible is full of logic, and we must never think of faith as something purely mystical. We do not just sit down in an armchair and expect marvelous things to happen to us. That is not Christian faith. Christian faith is essentially thinking. Look at the birds, think about them, draw your deductions. Look at the grass, look at the lilies of the field, consider them. . . . Faith, if you like, can be defined like this: It is a man insisting upon thinking when everything seems determined to bludgeon and knock him down in an intellectual sense. The trouble with the person of little faith is that, instead of controlling his own thought, his thought is being controlled by something else, and, as we put it, he goes round and round in circles. That is the essence of worry. . . . That is not thought; that is the absence of thought, a failure to think. – Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

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4 Responses to Observations

  1. Justin says:

    Jack,

    Do you have any suggestions on apologetics books? I’ve exhausted my supply of Craig, Zacharias, McGrath, and Lewis. I was thinking about going old school and trying Walter Martin or trying Plantinga.

  2. jackhudson says:

    You know, I have to admit I read fewer books these days and more articles – there is a whole library of stuff by Platinga out there on the web (though he is hardly ‘old school’ in my mind 🙂 ) I also spend time on Craig’s site – he has a ton of papers and podcasts there that are definitely worthwhile.

    I also like just reading different thoughts by thinkers like Frank Beckwith on 1st amendment law and the new atheists.

    Speaking of old school – I am sure you dealt with Francis Schaeffer? He was very influential on me when I first became a Christian. Herman Dooyeweerd is also good in this vein. I will add more as I think about it.

    Though when it comes to apologetics I have to admit I benefitted greatly from being a rather vociferous agnostic skeptic at one point in my life, so I am familiar with all the arguments skeptics make (which have changed suprisingly little in the last 20+ years or so) and so I am rarely suprised by anything.

  3. Justin says:

    Thanks a bunch, Jack. I had not run across Shaeffer or Dooyeweerd and I will check them out!

    I definitely went through a “godless period” of my life, but I wasn’t really an atheist, just more of a backsliding Christian. I’m still climbing out of that hole.

  4. jackhudson says:

    For Schaeffer I would start with The God Who Is There and He Is There and He Is Not Silent.

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