The Apologist’s Evening Prayer

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  • Aug 15, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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C.S. Lewis knew poetry and wrote it well. Did you know that C.S. Lewis only just missed being a professor of poetry at Oxford in 1951? Cecil Day Lewis (or C. Day Lewis, the name he wrote under), father of the actor Daniel Day Lewis, beat him out for the post.

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Divine Refining

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  • Jul 30, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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In The Problem of Pain, Lewis writes “Christianity is not the conclusion of a philosophical debate on the origins of the universe… It is not a system into which we have to fit the awkward fact of pain: it is itself one of the awkward facts which have to be fitted into any system we make. In a sense it creates rather than solves the problem of pain.”

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The Devils in Our World

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  • Jul 16, 2016
  • David Naugle
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C. S. Lewis titled That Hideous Strength after a line in a poem by Sir David Lyndsay called “Ane Dialog” (1555) in which Lyndsay was describing the biblical Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9): “The shadow of that hideous strength, Six miles and more it is of length.”

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There is No Safe Investment

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  • Jun 29, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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When we follow Jesus we abandon our societal sense of safety and self-protection. As we run toward him our affections change and we become “imitators” of God, as our reading today from Ephesians states. Right? 

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Jesus Didn’t Write Books

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  • Jun 03, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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When you think about it, it’s obvious. Jesus didn’t write books, yet he’s the Author (and Finisher) of our faith. John tells us that Jesus is the Word of God, made flesh and living among us. This is such an important doctrinal Truth and a mystical joining of what was and what is. God speaks creation into existence and Jesus is, “begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father”, as the creeds explains. Jesus is God both known and revealed. 

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Death, Where is Your Sting?

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  • May 28, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis seems to talk a lot about pain and loss. As you know, he has two books clearly on the subject, The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed. We may throw in The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters if we widen the thought of explaining pain with the reality of death and the struggle of this life.

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Spiritual Guidance from the Letters of C. S. Lewis

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  • May 25, 2016
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Over his lifetime, C. S. Lewis wrote thousands of letters in which he offered his friends and acquaintances advice on the Christian life, signing each one with a heartfelt and familiar, “yours, Jack.”

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Grace Outlasts Pain

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  • May 17, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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The eternal cause of pain is not clear; it wears a mask. But because God is good, we have hope of a ‘good’ eternal cause to our temporal conflicts. The Apostle Paul writes that we should not mourn like those that have no hope. Lewis says that this command must certainly be “addressed to our betters,” because, “What St. Paul says can comfort only those who love God better than the dead, and the dead better than themselves.”

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Prayer Without Words is the Best

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  • Apr 27, 2016
  • Tim Scheiderer
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“Prayer without words is the best.” – C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm
For Lewis, the locus for prayer is the mind. In his correspondence with Malcolm, he calls praying exclusively with the mind a “golden moment.” The golden moment does not happen often, though, due to a lack of “mental and spiritual strength.” However, if we can harness the roaming nature of our minds and focus on holy thought during times of prayer, we will experience soul-refreshing communion.

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The Effectiveness of Analogy

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  • Apr 08, 2016
  • Malcolm Guite
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In explaining the way Christians see good, Lewis offers a vivid analogy: “… the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life within him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.”

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