Zach Kincaid

“I strongly hoped [Christianity] was not true”

  • Sep 30, 2017
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“My own position at the threshold of Xtianity was exactly the opposite of yours,” Lewis writes in a 1950 letter. “You wish it were true: I strongly hoped it was not.” If Christianity is true, Lewis knew it would demand a change in him; he knew what Psalms 139 says:

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Patterns of Prayer

  • Sep 20, 2017
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Lewis points to two patterns of prayer in a letter on November 28, 1953. I think it’s a great help for anyone who is thinking about how best to pray. Lewis says the two patterns are seen in the life of Jesus: (A) the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest …

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Pitch Your Demands Heaven-High

  • Aug 30, 2017
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C.S. Lewis prayed often. He says in one letter, “I have two lists of names in my prayers, those for whose conversion I pray, and those for whose conversion I give thanks. The little trickle of transferences from List A to List B is a great comfort.” It’s comforting to …

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Communication Problems

  • Aug 19, 2017
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What do you think is the communication problem between the Christian and the wider world? Lewis has a couple of points to make about it in an essay titled “Before We Can Communicate”. So, before you answer, let’s look at what he wrote and see if you agree. 

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It’s Not About the Status Quo

  • Jul 30, 2017
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If we think God came down from Heaven to restore the status quo, we are mistaken. The whole miracle of the incarnation and subsequent death and bodily resurrection of Jesus doesn’t simply reboot the story to before Adam and Eve scared it in their sin.

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God is Pleased but Hard to Satisfy

  • Jul 16, 2017
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There are moments in Scripture where the closer an individual is to God, the closer he or she is to the dangerous divide between creature and creator. Jesus’ command to be perfect, as Lewis points out, is a reflection of that danger. “I think [Jesus] meant,” he says, “‘The only help …

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This World is Not My Home

  • Jun 28, 2017
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In relation to our want of heaven and abandoning the earthly rewards that we once ran after, Lewis writes that it probably will not happen in a day. Rather, he says, “poetry replaces grammar, gospel replaces law, longing transforms obedience, as gradually as the tide lifts a grounded ship.”

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From Atheism to Paganism to God

  • Jun 22, 2017
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In Surprised by Joy, Lewis recalls his early childhood experiences with Christianity. He remembers the candles and incense, hymns and vestments. None of it offered an invitation. Instead, “What really mattered,” he says, “was that I heard the doctrines of Christianity… taught by men who obviously believed them.”

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Regarding Church

  • May 31, 2017
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Over the next few articles, I hope to draw out several observations that Lewis gives to us about church. There are several occasions where he mentions church life generally, but they aren’t frequent, so we should be able to maintain his observations more easily than if we were addressing his thoughts on …

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Why Do We Pray?

  • May 14, 2017
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Miracles puts forward many questions about the life of faith. Among them is the subject of prayer.  Why do we pray? Do we pray because God is likely to change his will? Do we pray because if we don’t, we think that God won’t have the opportunity to change his will? …

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