Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on November 3, 2014
4:00 – Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times
We live in dark times. Christians wonder: Are the best days of the Christian faith behind us? Has modernity made Christian thought irrelevant and impotent? Is society beyond all hope of redemption and renewal? In Renaissance, Os Guinness declares no. Throughout history, the Christian faith has transformed entire cultures and civilizations, building cathedrals and universities, proclaiming God’s goodness, beauty and truth through art and literature, science and medicine. The Christian faith may similarly change the world again today. The church can be revived to become a renewing power in our society—if we answer the call to a new Christian renaissance that challenges darkness with the hope of Christian faith. In this hopeful appeal for cultural transformation, Guinness shares opportunities for Christians, on both local and global levels, to win back the West and to contribute constructively to the human future. Hearkening back to similar pivotal points in history, Guinness encourages Christians in the quest for societal change. Each chapter closes with thought-provoking discussion questions and a brief, heart-felt prayer that challenges and motivates us to take action in our lives today. Os joins us.
5:00 – The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot
Any fan of Middle Earth is aware of Tolkien’s hatred of tyranny. But not everyone understands that Tolkien was a zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. At a time when the West is sliding into political, economic and moral bankruptcy, Jonathon Witt and Jay Richards show how Tolkien used his beloved novels to draw us a map to freedom. Jay joins us as we explore how Tolkien’s masterpiece was shaped by his passion for liberty and his vision of man and creation.