Collected Letters

Gadgets

  • May 28, 2019
  • Zach Kincaid
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Gadgets. They are here to stay. Human history is threaded with invention and innovation, helping us with our many inefficiencies. It’s easy to believe in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Superman which was popularized further by playwright George Bernard Shaw, novelist H.G. Wells and other in the early part of the 20th century. …

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The Centrality of the Christian Story

  • Apr 30, 2019
  • Zach Kincaid
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It may seem an obvious statement to say that Christianity hinges on the death and resurrection of Jesus, but nowadays with half-baked ideas and the jumbling of words and their meanings, we might get a Jesus who never actually died physically nor one who truly entered or conquered any grave. …

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The Practical Side: Occupation vs. Vocation

  • Sep 14, 2018
  • Zach Kincaid
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You may think C.S. Lewis’s writings only offer an intellectual approach to faith, one that certainly employs a creative vision, but is often stuck too far in the clouds. I would argue that such an approach, bathed in imagination, actually becomes the legs that everyday, practical faith actually walk on and …

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Iron Nerves

  • Dec 31, 2017
  • Zach Kincaid
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In a letter on Feb 23, 1947, Lewis makes some observations about Jesus that are worth mentioning, especially during this season of Christmas as we reflect on the Incarnation. Here’s what he says:

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“I strongly hoped [Christianity] was not true”

  • Sep 30, 2017
  • Zach Kincaid
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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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Reflecting on Thanksgiving

Reflecting on Thanksgiving
  • Nov 19, 2016
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Thanksgiving in the United States is a time of calm before the expectant weeks of Advent. At least for a moment, the travesty and distress of the world is exchanged for feasting and consciously remembering the good providence of God. He is good, but the world is falling away. The mask of …

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The Art of the Thank You Note

  • Nov 11, 2016
  • David C. Downing
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On the subject of thanksgiving, C. S. Lewis believed we should be grateful for all the fortunes that come our way, both good and bad. It is easy, of course, to be grateful for the good things in our lives. But Lewis felt that we should be equally thankful for …

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Daylight Saving

  • Mar 12, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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As we think of gardens in the coming days of spring, consider the garden where Jesus prayed so hard he sweat blood compared to our present trials. “We are not asked to go anywhere where he has not gone before us,” writes Lewis in a letter to Mrs. Jessup in …

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No Namby-Pamby Here

  • Dec 02, 2015
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis responds to Edward Lofstrom in a January 1959 letter on good books of Christian instruction for children. “I don’t know the answer,” Lewis says. “Most of those I have seen… seem to me namby-pamby and ‘sissie’ and calculated to nauseate any child worth his salt.” He brings up Narnia …

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Tom-Foolery

  • Apr 21, 2015
  • Zach Kincaid
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“I know that many wiser and better Christians than I in these days do not like to mention Heaven and hell even in a pulpit,” says Lewis (The Weight of Glory). He goes on to say that nearly all the references in the New Testament about both destinations come from …

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