Lyle On Communion, C.S. Lewis, and Community

I am glad for firefighters. Friday it seemed fires were breaking out everywhere. One local television station dubbed the situation, “Oklahoma Under Fire.” When Lyle died you immediately understood the term “fraternity.” The number of firefighters in uniform at the celebration of Lyle’s life was overwhelming. They get “community.”

Now I am sure they don’t all get along all the time. But, the nature of shared life means we are all shaped by those around us. We hope for the better.

Lyle would either be at the station or at church were he with us. He would be looking forward to sharing Communion. He wrote,

As for the Lord’s Supper I have really been distressed at how it has been de-emphasized in some churches. I am grateful that the leadership on the Hill values Communion. I feel we are commanded to partake and like Jason said it is an insult to Christ who invites us to partake at his table.

There is little doubt Jason’s vision of Communion helped us to a greater understanding on The Hill.

You will find Lyle’s comments about C.S. Lewis and Community in his post below.

MONDAY, MAY 31, 2004

Being a Guide

Last two weeks of sermons have been really enlightening on the Hill.

Being a Guide was the theme last week, this week the Lord’s Supper and it’s relationship to us as believers.

The fact that the righteous should be a guide hit home. I wondered if I was being a guide to my neighbor or not. Do I really care.

The world is depending on us to show them the way. What are we giving them? Self righteous condemnation? Are we practicing isolationism in our churches?

God choice the Nation of Israel to show the world the true God. Now he has chosen us to show the world Christ. What an awsome responsibility. Thankfully I am not alone in this journey. I have family, friends and a great church to give me direction and keep me centered. “Centered” that is a really cool word I think. If we stay centered we can truly show the world what the kingdom of Christ is like.

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing”-C.S. Lewis
I am glad Baptist are discovering C.S. Lewis.

As for the Lord’s Supper I have really been distressed at how it has been de-emphasized in some churches. I am grateful that the leadership on the Hill values Communion. I feel we are commanded to partake and like Jason said it is an insult to Christ who invites us to partake at his table.

POSTED BY LYLE AT 12:03 AM

 

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Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.