On Christ’s Passion and our Shared Darkness

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  • Apr 19, 2014
  • Devin Brown
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Letters to Malcolm was the last book C. S. Lewis finished. Published posthumously in January 1964, three months after his death, it is one of Lewis’s best books though perhaps not one of his best known.  Tucked away in letter number eight is one of the most poignant short meditations on Gethsemane and its aftermath to be found in modern writing.

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Swallowing the Camel

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  • Apr 12, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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In 1959, Kenneth Carey invited C.S. Lewis to address the students of Anglican Theological College, Westcott House. Carey served as principal of the college and he would later become Bishop of Edinburgh. The subject of the talk was to be a response to the recent book by Alec Vidler called Windsor Sermons.

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The 75th Anniversary of The Space Trilogy

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  • Mar 31, 2014
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To mark the 75th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s classic Space Trilogy, featuring the adventures of Dr. Ransom on Mars, Venus and Earth, a special omnibus ebook has been released.  This ebook includes an exclusive Foreword compiled from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired Lewis to write the first volume and on whom the main character of Ransom was largely based. The Space Trilogy is a remarkable work of fantasy, demonstrating the powerful imagination of C.S. Lewis.  Readers and fans can revisit all three books in the trilogy:

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Chosen for the Unchosen

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  • Mar 21, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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The Old Testament speaks of a “chosen people.” It’s a label that sounds exclusive, and our modern minds find it abrasive. “Democrats by birth and education,” Lewis says in Miracles, “we should prefer to think that all nations and individuals start level in the search for God, or even that all religions are equally true. It must be admitted at once that Christianity makes no concession to this point.”

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Remembering My Stepdad: Reflections from C. S. Lewis’s Stepson, Doug Gresham

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  • Mar 09, 2014
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Fifty years after his death, C.S. Lewis’s stepson, Doug Gresham, gives a very personal reflection on the man he knew as ‘Jack’
I never knew ‘C.S. Lewis’, the name on the spines of the books, for the living, breathing man who filled my young life with his presence was ‘Jack’.
My first encounter with him was extra-ordinary. I was an 8-year-old American schoolboy, ‘straight off the boat’, brought to Oxford a short while after arriving in the strange land of England. I was being taken to meet the man who, as far as I was concerned, actually knew High King Peter of Narnia and the great lion Aslan. But in the kitchen of his house, ‘The Kilns’, we were greeted by a slightly stooped, balding, round-shouldered being with long nicotine-stained fingers and teeth, dressed in the shabbiest clothes I had ever seen. Despite my initial dismay, Jack soon emerged from my imaginary …

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Point of View for Lent

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  • Mar 04, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lent starts this week. As many know, it’s a yearly 40-day pilgrimage to Easter, introduced by the solemn reminder that we are dust (and to dust we will return) on Ash Wednesday. Our breath and being are animated by God and in his image, for his glory.
But, often the struggle hides the Truth of God. I was reading through Lewis’s letters this week and came across a letter to his good friend and fellow Inkling Owen Barfield. The date is September 12, 1938, as the tumult of World War II was kicking up.

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The Island of His Birth

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  • Mar 02, 2014
  • Will Vaus
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C. S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth provides a wonderful new addition to every C. S. Lewis fan and scholar’s library. The book is written by Sandy Smith, a Lewis scholar himself, hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Smith was in an ideal position to write this book since he was the developer of a popular lecture tour of  links between C. S. Lewis and Belfast.

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Creation’s Weak Point

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  • Feb 25, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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What’s your story? Does it begin in a garden, move to desolation, find itself in redemption, and get caught in the great hope of Heaven? That’s the Christian story. The reading for February 24 in A Year with C. S. Lewis touches on the first two parts of the story.

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Gadgets

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  • Feb 16, 2014
  • 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. It’s the confidence in the progression of humanity always getting better and achieving more.

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What Do You Know?

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  • Jan 24, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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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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