Iron Nerves

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  • Mar 04, 2015
  • 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 Lent. Here’s what he says:

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Take Up C. S. Lewis for Lent

  • Feb 26, 2015
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With the season of Lent upon us, we have the opportunity to reflect on Lewis’s wisdom regarding the three traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and almsgiving – and what prompts us to undertake these obligations in the first place.
Why do we fast during Lent? We assume it ought to be a trial, something to be endured, so we ‘give up’ things we like, things we enjoy. Chocolate is the favourite choice; alcohol another. But these things that we desire, and for which during Lent we crave and wrestle with ourselves to resist, are not only things we enjoy, but also, more often than not, things we consider to be our vices. So we begin to equate enjoyment with sin. Desire itself becomes something to be avoided. We teach ourselves that, if we feel “want” for something, if we enjoy it, it must be bad for us, and therefore God would prefer us to …

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The “Die-er” of the Universe

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  • Feb 24, 2015
  • Zach Kincaid
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The idea that Christ is the corn king – the fulfillment of the myths that thread through history – rings loud and often in Lewis’s work. In Miracles Lewis presents the Incarnation as the greatest of all the signs of God.

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The Allegory of Love eBook Now $2.99 Until February 23rd

The Allegory of Love eBook
  • Feb 19, 2015
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The Allegory of Love is a delightful and influential exploration of the allegorical treatment of love in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, tracing the development of the idea of courtly love and its impact on today’s ideas about love. The book is also ornamented with quotations from poems in many languages, from such poets as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, and Thomas Usk.

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Have You Ever Been In Love?

  • Feb 16, 2015
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Have you ever been in love?
I can still remember the first time: the excitement; the skip in the heart when your eyes catch sight of the Beloved, the deep sense of contentment at being constantly in each other’s company; the belief that you would do anything – give even your life – for this other person. The corrective to these emotions is an underlying insecurity, manifested in the agonising wait for an email or phonecall; the urgent, grieving pain of jealousy in the chest. Lewis would call this ‘Need-love’, which, with its opposite number ‘Gift-love’, he illustrates thus: ‘Need-love says of a woman “I cannot live without her”; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection.’

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To Love Is To Be Vulnerable

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  • Feb 12, 2015
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Happy Valentine’s Day. “To love at all is to be vulnerable,” says C.S. Lewis in the “The Four Loves”. “Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

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Friendship (part 1)

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  • Feb 01, 2015
  • Zach Kincaid
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“But very few modern people think Friendship a love of comparable value [to Eros] or even a love at all,” says Lewis in “The Four Loves.”

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What Do You Know?

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  • Jan 24, 2015
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C. S. Lewis would be among the first to run clear away from a Christian message that promises God’s comfort without the reality of sacrifice. Through history, from the beginning of the Christian Church through today’s plethora of options, some preachers have chosen to emphasize the more acceptable, tolerable, comfortable truths of the Gospel. Most contort to what is called a prosperity gospel, where there’s a quid pro quo with God. We behave and he blesses.

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What If We Really Found Him?

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  • Jan 06, 2015
  • Zach Kincaid
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It’s curious how time itself is celebrated each new year. We often observe moments in time and hallmark them as memories, the birth of a child or a particular tradition, for example. But time is never more centrally celebrated–worldwide–than during New Year’s Eve and Day.

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C.S. Lewis and The Man Born to be King

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  • Dec 26, 2014
  • Joel Heck
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In 1943, Dorothy L. Sayers’ script of twelve radio broadcasts was published by Harper & Brothers as The Man Born to Be King: A Play-Cycle on the Life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She had written these dramatic episodes for the radio at a time when there was no precedent for such writing.

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