Faith


C.s.lewis3Today marks the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’ death. In the half a century since his passing, Lewis’ keen ability to join what is assumed incompatible (reason and imagination) remains largely unmatched.

Michael Ward, in his Christianity Today article on Lewis, elaborates on the power of Lewis’ approach:

In Christ, poetry and philosophy have met together. Meaning and truth have kissed. C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.

As Ward explains, since the Enlightenment of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries we’ve been told of the supposed dichotomy between reason and imagination. (more…)

178809902Perhaps you’ve seen the clip, or perhaps you’ve heard conversations ‘round the Internet’s water cooler (Facebook). But here’s the scoop in case you haven’t: A few weeks ago comedian Louis C.K. offered a brilliant, albeit colorful, rant on how smartphones are impacting our culture.

“You need to build the ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away. The ability to just sit there.” (more…)

83329209Some say mine is the last generation to know what it means to engage in unstructured outdoor play. Though I grew up in the city, I enjoyed plenty of endless summer days on my cousins’ farm in Missouri. My favorite childhood memories include building hay forts in their barn, riding dirt bikes on back roads, and jumping off the dock into the muddy pond. Limited adult supervision and vast woods to be explored assured that the words “I’m bored” never crossed our minds.

Nighttime brought new adventure. We often camped outside with nothing but our sleeping bags and a million stars hanging over us. The darkness of the open Missouri sky may as well have been a whole different world—this Southern California girl had never seen such a spectacular display. I took it all in as my cousins pointed out various constellations and planets, even satellites. (more…)

160937576Last week on RTB’s official Facebook page we invited people to share some of the science-faith questions their kids ask. Soon, questions poured in. A 5-year-old asked whether her teddy bear would be in heaven. An 11-year-old wondered how to reconcile Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons with Adam and Eve. And another asked whether there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark. (To paraphrase RTB theologian Krista Bontrager’s responses: heaven will be even better than the best things we experience here on earth (see 1 Corinthians 2:9); Neanderthals were creatures distinct from humans. Cro-Magnon is an old term used to describe modern humans (see RTB 101 – Historical Adam); and no, dinosaurs went extinct millions of years before the Flood (see RTB 101 – Dinosaurs).

Suffice it to say we, at RTB, like questions. Most people do. In fact, as RTB president Hugh Ross points out, (more…)

iStock_000017595463MediumLast week Christianity Today posted an article discussing clergy and their views on origins. As the article reports, new Barna Group research (commissioned by BioLogos) “shows that a slight majority (54 percent) of Protestant pastors across all regions most likely identify with young-earth creation.” (more…)

1920x1200_lookingbackEbbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, April 15, 1947 — “The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind.”1

On this spring afternoon, a young baseball player sporting the number 42 would take first base and change the history of the game forever. The support and criticism following Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the “color barrier” in baseball served as a microcosm of the racial tension that persisted across the country in the 1940s. Nearly 66 years later, Jackie Robinson’s story unfolds onscreen in the feature film 42. (more…)

Oscar Statuettes On Display At Chicago Museum Of Science & IndustryCinephiles everywhere will salivate this Sunday as they tune in to watch the 85th Academy Awards. Part of the fun for viewers is picking a winner worthy of a tiny golden man.

While we here at RTB might never win an Oscar for feature-film endeavors, we do have a few new podcast features to offer for your consideration.

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Young woman praying sincerely with her hands folded and eyes cloThe start of a new year provides opportunities to remember, but most of all it’s a time to look forward. What do we feel when we face the horizon of the future—hope or dread?

Though the future can be a scary prospect, Scripture is filled with reminders to “be not afraid.” (more…)

iStock_000010543550MediumSongs of Joy to Come

Lunchtime conversations at RTB run the gamut from comics to Christian doctrine to the qualities of a good churro. Recently, we shared what our favorite Christmas carol is. Digital Outreach Director Phil likes “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” even if its lyrics are a bit creepy. Copyeditor Elissa admits N Sync’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” is her favorite because it brings back wonderful childhood memories. And blogging cohort Maureen likes “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” In particular, she loves the third verse, which declares that Christ was “born to raise the sons of earth.”

My favorites are “O Holy Night” and “Someday at Christmas.” The latter doesn’t mention the first Christmas specifically, yet both songs hint at the joyful hope we have in Christ. (more…)

LR_DWP1280x1024“We don’t want any adventures here, thank you!” – Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit

When you’re a hobbit, adventures are “nasty disturbing uncomfortable things” that make you late for dinner, which a hobbit never wants to be. So you can imagine poor Bilbo Baggins’ frustration when an unexpected party of 13 hungry dwarves and one tenacious wizard (the only expected guest) showed up at his door craving food and drink, and then Bilbo’s company on their quest. (more…)

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