Nearly everyone prays at some point. Christians, Muslims, Jews and probably even skeptics may ask the heavens or inquire of the great beyond. Those of us who are Christians address God, our loving Father and Divine Parent, in the name of Jesus Christ in the strength of the Holy Spirit (we pray in Trinity...but that's … Continue reading Praying and Working (Thoughts on Prayer Inspired by CS Lewis)
I am slowly working through God in the Dock, a collection of some of CS Lewis' essays, and a few days ago read the essay "Meditation on the Third Commandment." In this essay, Lewis discusses the desirability of a Christian political party. I'm not sure if this was something people wanted in mid-century Britain, but … Continue reading Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)
The Christian faith has a lot in common with other religions. We find story after story of dying and rising gods in ancient literature. Isn't the story of Jesus just another mythical story? Well, yes. And no. CS Lewis writes in his essay "Myth Became Fact" (found in the book God in the Dock): Now … Continue reading The True Myth and Challenge of Belief
Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot is the story of how vampires destroy a small town. In the midst of this, some characters figure out what is going on and try to rouse the town to fight back. They run into many obstacles, such as skepticism. At one point a priest, Father Callahan, is trying to … Continue reading Stephen King, CS Lewis and Believing Fantastic Things
Students and friends often ask me what books I would recommend for devotional reading. I admit I am not entirely sure what sort of book they are looking for. If by devotional they mean a book they can read a few pages each morning that will provide spiritual reflection throughout the day, then nearly anything … Continue reading Devotional Recommendations?