Wow. What a great conference! The 2013 Desiring God conference, entitled “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life & Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis” was held in Minneapolis and was a great blessing to this old theologian! Held in the Minneapolis Convention Center from September 27-29, presenters included John Piper, Randy Alcorn (author of “Heaven”), Lyle Dorsett (a noted Lewis scholar), Philip Ryken (president of Wheaton College), and others. Young people (under 30) made up the almost 3000 attendees. The worship was amazing, the plenary and breakout sessions encouraging (both intellectually and spiritually). This ancient theologian had no responsibilities, so I could just soak it all in. All of the sessions’ videos will be posted on the DesiringGod.org website by October 4, a blessing to all who were not able to attend — and a reminder to those of us who want to review what we heard. Some of the titles of the plenary sessions were: “Myth Wars: C.S. Lewis vs. Scientism” (N.D. Wilson), “The Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien” (Colin Duriez), “C.S. Lewis and the Care of Souls” (Lyle Dorsett), “Lessons from an Inconsolable Soul: Learning from the Mind and Heart of C.S. Lewis” (John Piper), “Inerrancy and the Patron Saint of Evangelicalism: C.S. Lewis on Holy Scripture” (Philip Ryken), “C.S. Lewis on Heaven and the New Earth: God’s Eternal Remedy to the Problem of Evil and Suffering” (Randy Alcorn), and “Lessons from C.S. Lewis for a Life of Joy” (John Piper). Watch the videos or download the audios. You won’t regret it! My heart and mind was drawn more deeply to the eternal, for, as Lewis said, “All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.” [Many thanks to my dear wife Linda for her encouragement in letting me go this soul-refreshing event].
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I just became aware of the 2013 Desiring God conference for this year. Here’s a brief intro to the main topic, C.S. Lewis as a Romantic Rationalist!
Here are the conference details. Join me?
1. How does a poor theology of suffering support the Prosperity Gospel?
2. What books or sermons have influenced you in this area of theology?
In all the hub-bub about Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, a number of us Bible-thumping, Jesus-story-hijacking, toxic Evangelicals have responded with virtual tomes of refutation. Bell raises significant questions (350 of them by one person’s count!) and has a clear agenda of trying to prove that the traditional view of eternal conscious punishment should be replaced by a much better story.
Frankly, I think Pastor John Piper might have had the best response when he simply tweeted “Farewell, Rob Bell!” Piper has been castigated for “dismissing Bell from the Evangelical fold.” I think Bell did that quite well by himself. Doug Pagitt criticized Piper for such a dismissive comment. Some of us were castigated for criticizing Bell’s book before it was
released (the promo video was quite incendiary). Pagitt skewers Piper for his tweet, accusing him of threatening all young Evangelicals of the penalty of following Bell!
Frankly, I’m going to side with Piper on this one. Sarcasm can be either hurtful or therapeutic! Sarcasm has a long tradition in the Scriptures (see the many OT texts which mock idolatry), and is used by the Lord Jesus on several occasions.
Sarcasm might bring someone to their senses, a verbal cup of cold water
Discussion Questions: What do you think? Was Piper’s dismissive comment about Rob Bell well-intentioned sarcasm? Wouldn’t it be GREAT if Dr. Piper responded to this blog with his explanation and comments?!