writings of C. S. Lewis. I trust that you will find these both troubling and
THE GRAND MIRACLE
The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the
Christian assertion that what is beyond all space and time, what is
uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His
own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up to Him. It is precisely one
great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian
- C. S. Lewis, from GOD IN THE DOCK: ESSAYS ON THEOLOGY AND ETHICS, edited by
Walter Hooper. Eerdmans, 1994 reprint.
DRAGGING RELIGION INTO CHRISTMAS
Just a hurried line . . . to tell a story which puts the contrast between our
feast of the Nativity and all this ghastly "Xmas" racket at its lowest. My
brother heard a woman on a bus say, as the bus passed a church with a Crib
outside it, "Oh Lord! They bring religion into everything. Look - they're
dragging it even into Christmas now!"
- C. S. Lewis, from LETTERS TO AN AMERICAN LADY, edited by Clyde S. Kilby.
Eerdmans, 1986 reprint.
[I pray that your Christmas celebration will be not only wonderful, but also
full of wonder; and that it will be not only a holiday, but also a holy day.]
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary