Monthly Archives: February 2015

It may be the greatest and most misunderstood paradox between the Creator and creation: faith and works. It’s very easy to confuse their importance.

Many people misunderstand faith. They talk as if faith is more important than what or whom faith is in. Other people misunderstand deeds. They think a relationship with God begins or is somehow maintained by good behavior. The misunderstanding is understandable. Continue reading

Ever try to help someone and only make the situation worse? Don’t you hate it when that happens?

It comes as no surprise when people find out the Bible says “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Doing good, helping people, is not only Christian, it’s human. Continue reading

One hour talk on C. S. Lewis and politics by David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California. Good quote, “Could one start a Stagnation Party—which at General Elections would boast that during its term of office no event of importance had ever taken place.”


Sarah Neylan was an artist and muralist. In 1960 she married Christopher Patrick Tisdall, a lieutenant in the Royal Navy and together they had four children.

In 1949 Sarah was eleven years old and C. S. Lewis’ goddaughter. Among their many letters is one dated March 4, 1949 inviting Mr. Lewis to her Confirmation that coming Saturday. Continue reading

It’s interesting to watch how people face adversity. It’s even more interesting to see what they did with that adversity years later.

I know people who have a lot to be thankful for. Raised in a solid home, good opportunities, a good job and health. I’ve known others who had a tough time of it almost from the beginning. Broken home, below average student, they just couldn’t “catch a break.” Continue reading

It was just an informal conversation between two Bible college students leaving class. I happened to be walking behind them and couldn’t help overhear their conversation.

“Ever have one of those moments when you feel like you’ve been somewhere before but know you’ve never been there? Just happened to me in that class.” Continue reading

I recall a project in college when I had to write a paper on Moby Dick. I also had to read a book on a half dozen interpretations of Moby Dick. I used to enjoy Moby Dick.

I always approached Moby Dick as an adventure story similar to Call of the Wild and White Fang. They were fun reads. You can read them and picture in the mind’s eye exactly what was going on. The ideas of sex, psychology, and angst never crossed my mind. Continue reading

In 1929 Mary (Shelley) Neylan became a pupil at St. Hughes College, Oxford, and was sent to Magdalen where she was tutored by C. S. Lewis. They became good friends and longtime correspondents. Lewis later became godfather to her (and husband Daniel’s) first child, Sarah.

Thirteen years after their meeting Lewis and Mary were each going through difficult times. Lewis opens his January 20, 1942 letter with “Sorry you’re in a trough. I’m just emerging (at least I hope I am) from a long one myself.” Each had empathy for the other. Continue reading

When I was a child there was a chorus we would sing in Sunday School that went like this,

Jesus loves the little children

All the children of the world

Red and yellow, black and white

They are precious in his sight

Jesus loves the little children of the world. Continue reading

It’s awful to be conflicted. It seems the simpler a situation the more freedom one finds. When there is only one door in the burning building getting out is simple but one can perish running up and down a hallway of twenty doors.

Sometimes we have a number of options before us that all look good. Unfortunately we can’t do all of them but we want to. So we pick one but the whole time we are doing it we are thinking of the other (knowing full well we would be thinking of this one if we chose the other).

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