Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

By Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love.".Every day, souls are propelled off this planet, separated from the twisted bodies which had been their flimsy wrapper for fifty, sixty, ninety y … [Read more...]

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The Surviving Audio of C.S. Lewis Talking About Prayer

C.S. Lewis audio file

During World War II, C.S. Lewis gave a series of radio addresses to the British nation.  His words inspired people who were tired of war, and the series was later published as a book titled "Mere Christianity."Unfortunately, most of the BBC reels were recycled; and Lewis' prophetic voice was almost lost to history.  One reel survived, however--a talk about prayer and evolution. … [Read more...]

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C.S. Lewis on St. James and the Inherent Conflict in the Astonishing Promise of James 1:6

On July 25, Christians observe the Feast of St. James the Apostle.C.S. Lewis offered a reflection on the apparent contradiction in the Scriptures, as exemplified in James 1:6,  that you will get what you ask for, and yet also prepare yourself submissively in advance for a possible refusal.Be prepared to be frustrated:  He exposes the conundrum, but what he doesn't offer is a solution that you can take to the bank. The New Testament contains embarrassing promises that what we pray for w … [Read more...]

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