Ravi Zacharias kicks. . .

Well, you get the picture. I’ve always known Ravi was the man. I mean, anybody who can bring it like him–clear, coherent, engaging–is worth listening to.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Apologetics doesn’t always work for me. I’m a heart kind of guy, and apologetics attacks the head first. It’s kind of like SWAT teams: they kick in the doors and then, when the perp’s grabbing air and his eyes are dinner plates, the detective comes in and starts working him over.

I tend to think of spreading the good news as covert ops during the Cold War. You wait and wait, and cultivate, just going about your business, until the opportunity arises to say, “I see you like American cigarettes. Want to get them every day?”

Enough of that. Interesting, the metaphors we use to describe different things. (For more on that, see Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz.) Metaphors of violence for evangelism…hmmm.

But Ravi–how can you not enjoy Ravi? Well, listen here.

Faith without Feeling

“Faith is not a feeling. It is simply an act of assent, of openness, and often doesn’t feel like much at all. Faith has to do with what God is doing, not with what we are feeling.” (Eugene Peterson, Practical Christianity)

I have to remind myself of this—usually in the most difficult times. When I face a time of doubt, and I feel like I’m floating in a canoe in the middle of an already rough ocean and the horizon’s not looking very friendly and I tossed the oars overboard hours ago, it’s comforting to remember that with God, it’s not about how I feel. Faith is “an act of assent,” a firm yes to whatever God has planned.

by Jamie Cain