#CCLent17 / Day 16 / March 18 / New, not just improved!

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation. Everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  (2 Cor. 5:17) C.S. Lewis anyone? In The Magician’s Nephew, the Narnia book that explores creation, Aslan, the ‘Christ-Lion’ turns an old horse named Strawberry into a winged horse named Fledge (from an Old-English […]

Joy amid Sorrow & the Atheists’ Dilemma

“Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian!” (G.K. Chesterton) In a sermon, Joy amid Sorrow – in our Advent series at Christ Church – I began by quoting Philip Yancey’s introduction to Chesterton’s famous apologetic work, Orthodoxy. You can listen here. I suggested 4 “Disciplines” that cultivate […]

C.S. Lewis on Chastity and Lust

The 7th Commandment on adultery, as with the other commandments, is miles deep. It guards the sacredness of sex and marriage. Listen to Cheryl Lavornia’s recent sermon (“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”)  for the straight talk on adultery and associated de-humanizers! C.S.L. has a classic word about the true problem with lust. Here […]

What’s the use!

When the world seems to be coming unglued, it’s easy to lean toward despair or acedia or worse. On October 22, 1939, Lewis preached at the University Church of St. Mary in Oxford. I had the privilege of hearing an English orator re-enact the sermon at this church when I attended a conference in Oxford a […]

But how can we exult in a world where there is so much to lament? Where can we find joy in a world where hate is strong, as Longfellow has written, and mocks any expression of peace on earth and good will to men? In the ‘jocund’ Psalms—where music, festivity, and agriculture are not things separate from religion, nor is religion something separate from them— I find an experience fully God-centered, asking of God no gift more urgently than His presence, the gift of Himself, joyous to the highest degree, and unmistakably real.     Reflections on the Psalms, C. S. Lewis

Listen to the sermon where this quote was used: Joy to the World (12-22-13)

Looking for Pleasure in the right place.

My son, Stephen, recently told me of a friend who is doing his doctorate on “The Happiness of God!” I thought of this as I was reading Psalm 16. It ends with a beautiful expression of the locus of true pleasure and happiness. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness […]

A C.S. Lewis Feast – Online

I want to draw your attention to a recent conference with outstanding presentations around the life and work of C.S. Lewis. Speakers included several great Lewis scholars, pastors and theologians covering a variety of important topics. The conference was titled The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Immagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis.  Connect here […]

Do you know your enemy?

We are in a spiritual battle. One of the tactics of the Enemy is to lull us into a sleep that denies we are even spiritual creatures in a universe saturated with God’s powerful presence – forgetting that we are in a spiritual war requiring spiritual weapons.  Listen to our recent sermon at Christ Church […]

Poetry Monday – Humility and hope in a broken world

I try to always read some poetry on my day off – my Sabbath Monday. This poem by Anne Porter struck me in a unique way. It reminds me of my part in the brokenness inflicted by sin. My “blind complicity” as she says in the third stanza. How I dismiss people in their wounded […]