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The Radicals

January 21, 2011 in Articles

The Radicals

Roger T Forster (from Trinity’s Headway Discipleship Series)

The history of God’s great work in the earth has left a ‘great cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews 12:1,2), totally committed believers whose lives were sold out to God and who lived by faith in his promises. Because their eyes were fixed on Jesus they would continually say “What would Jesus do, say or feel?” and seek to apply that to themselves in their own circumstances. Such believers have invariably suffered for their faith and obedience to him. We call them ‘radicals’ because they keep returning to their roots (Latin: radices) and their stories are a reminder of what Paul says in 2 Tim 3:12, that “…everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” As you prepare for the next phase of your mission, let us introduce you to few of them.

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When Aslan met C S Lewis

January 21, 2011 in Articles

When Aslan met C S Lewis

Fergus Ryan

What if the characters of enchanted Narnia had met their Irish creator, C.S. Lewis? Just such a thought led Oxford’s brilliant atheist on the road to surprising joy. 

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LONG CORRIDORS AND LONELY ATTICS

The road to Narnia began in a large house near Belfast and the bicycled childhood tracks of the hills of County Down. ‘I am the product,’ said Lewis, ‘of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstair indoor silences, attics explored in solitude and of endless books.’ Jack, as he was known, was the product, too, of childhood sorrows, for when the ‘magician’ God failed to keep his mother alive, he wanted Him to go away. A miserable experience of a brutal church school in England, which he called ‘Belsen’, did nothing to prevent his nominal Christian world from slipping away. But the arguments of a retired headmaster that any God who existed must be a bad God and, second, that there is no real evidence of God’s existence at all, meant that, finally, he ‘ceased to be a Christian’. Lewis, the atheist, found his romantic longings met in Nordic sagas and Germanic heroic poems. He became one of Oxford’s great scholars, widely read and with a vast imagination.
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Barrind’s Wonderful Island

January 21, 2011 in Articles

Barrind’s Wonderful Island

Fergus Ryan

One of the most delightful of the early Irish Christian texts tells of the wonderful voyage of Barrind. The journey begins at an island monastery in Co. Donegal, and passes through a strange fog to another island, a magical place of shadowless light that is like the heavenly New Jerusalem. 

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