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The Christian Mind: How should a Christian think?

April 18, 2011

Burk Parsons at Ligonier Ministries writes on self-kingdom mindedness, and in doing so points to Harry Blamires’ now-classic The Christian Mind.  Parsons says:

Being kingdom-of-God-minded isn’t easy because, as C.S. Lewis’ pupil Harry Blamires writes in his classic The Christian Mind, “We deceive ourselves with our own conjuring trick.” We deceive ourselves by thinking that the way up is the way up; that the way of the kingdom is the way of compromise; that the way of success is the way of impressive numbers and money; that the way of spiritual growth is the way of looking busy; that the way of ecclesiastical fame is the way of opportunism; that the way of influence is the way of doctrinal appeasement; that the way of knowing God is simply knowing and talking theologically intelligently about God. In all these ways, we are kingdom-of-self-minded creatures who have made idols of our self-minded intellects. But God, who is rich in mercy because of his great love for us has poured out his love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whose kingdom is not in talk but in power and joy in himself, to the end that he renews our minds as he transforms us daily in the school of Christ to whom belongs the kingdom. Let us then live as becomes humble sons of the king with minds devoted to and delighted by the kingdom of God, for our own enjoyment and his glory, forever.

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