C. S. Lewis 101: A Brief Introduction

Who was C. S. Lewis? Why should you care? In this hour-long talk, I answered those questions for Holy Spirit Episcopal Church on 26 March 2017. Enjoy!
read more

Creed or Screed? C. S. Lewis Weighs In to the Election Season

Very glad to share a few thoughts on C. S. Lewis and the current political rhetoric on Christian Century’s Then and Now blog. Thanks to Eddie Carson for the chance. As this campaign season reels recklessly, leaving a wake of increasing intolerance, those holding differing opinions can find little common ground. Past seasons of “come, let us reason together” have disappeared; unreasoned...
read more

Where was God in Sandy Hook?

I grow so tired of the question, “Where was God in Sandy Hook?” Where was God in Sandy Hook? He was there in every single closet and cupboard and bathroom, standing with those poor children, just as He shall the rest of their unfathomably traumatized lives. He will comfort and heal, long after we forget this terrible, dark day. Where was He? He was standing beside those brave...
read more

Diabolical Devotions: Subverted Spirituality in The Screwtape Letters

  On 22 January 2012, I enjoyed the privilege of speaking to a fine group of folks who gathered at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church.  Many thanks to Nina Rach for the invitation, Lori Tischler for the help and enthusiasm, to Heather Hughes for asking for audio, to Jackie Ballesteros for the support in making all the arrangements, to Pastor Laurey...
read more

Of Forbidden Fruit

In church this morning, the sermon mentioned the Fall and how so much bad news pervades our worlds, both outer, and, all too often, inner.  I grow so tired of  seeing ruin on every side, whether it pours forth from any media I let into my rooms, or from the mirror that accuses when I look too long.  When I listen to or read any of the news of the day, I hear catastrophe, war, shame, and almost...
read more