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...
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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...
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In the Face of What Devils May Do: C. S. Lewis’ Re-Adjustment and the Defeat of Despair

Many thanks to Kelly Belmonte for her offer to guest for her fantastic, intrigiuing, and very redemptively challenging blog All Nine.  Here’s what I wrote for her: I have been grappling recently with a cycle of unpublished sonnets by Joy Davidman, Lewis’ future wife, and in so doing have delved back again into Lewis’ sometimes troubling, sometimes transcendent poetry. When her kind...
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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...
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Resolute

I know, I know. It’s the season for resolutions that’ll evaporate all too soon: unrealistic, unmet, maybe even unmeant, and unarguably certain to fall by the wayside. Are you kidding? Work starts tomorrow and I’ll never do all I intended to. I know what Mark Twain said on 1 January 1863: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week...
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