As I made clear in my introductory episode to FatherBound, thinking is the hard work vital to both individuals and society as a whole—especially when it comes to God. I want to expand on this by taking a detour for the next episode or two. A detour that I hope will explain what I mean and elevate the importance of each of us taking on the hard work of really thinking through things.
Some of my listeners may be aware that, for nearly a year now, I’ve been producing a podcast known as Father of the Inklings. The episodes of this podcast are made up of my reading the contents of two books authored by Michael Phillips, a man I consider both a spiritual mentor as well as a friend. The two books are The Commands, a book “…compiled for anyone seriously interested in understanding more clearly the essence of the teachings of Jesus Christ,” and a companion volume, The Commands of the Apostles. These two books contribute much to my growing obedience to what God desires in one who would be his true son or daughter and I am indebted to Michael for the impact of his words on my life. In turn, Phillips points to George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis as similarly impacting his own life and incorporates both their words and thoughts into much of his writing.
Bold Thinking Christianity, published by Phillips in 2013, contains a wealth of wisdom from the pens of all three of my beloved mentors: MacDonald, Lewis, and Phillips. As the title implies, it urges upon its readers the desperate need for bold thinking among those who call themselves Christians. Such thinking is an absolute requirement for the development of a vibrant faith that finds us recognizing God’s character with increasing clarity, the results of which translate into ever-expanding expressions of obedient and joyful love.
It is to this end that it will be my pleasure, over the remainder of this episode and the next, to share with you, in two parts, the Introduction to Bold Thinking Christianity.