August with C.S. Lewis

Year with C.S. LewisThis post is part of my series through A Year with C.S. Lewis.

Here are my favorite quotes from the assorted C.S. Lewis books that are covered in the month of August in the book. They can be categorized into two areas.

First, a few profound thoughts about sex:

The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union. The Christian attitude does not mean that there is anything wrong about sexual pleasure, any more than about the pleasure of eating. It means that you must not isolate that pleasure and try to get it by itself, any more than you ought to try to get the pleasures of taste without swallowing and digesting, by chewing things and spitting them out again.

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Faith for a King

I had the opportunity to teach at Central this past weekend. I made the point that faith moves the focus from us to God and shared a vulnerable story from my life recently.

TRADY Award – Steve Moore

Happy Labor Day! As a special treat for your holiday enjoyment I’m bringing back something you haven’t seen in awhile. Honestly, it’s been way too long since I’ve handed out this award. For those of you who don’t remember (the last one was in 2010), the TRADY award (Tomorrow’s Reflection Award for Distinguishing Yourself) is a coveted honor. It is given to those among us who stand out from the rest.

This time, the award goes to Steve Moore. He’s the drummer in the following video.

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Maybe You Get Bad Church Experiences Because You’re a Bad Christian

Disclaimer: this post is written to Christians. But even if you don’t consider yourself a Christian please keep reading anyway. This may serve as a good apology or at least an attempt at an explanation for much of what you’ve likely experienced.

ketchup

You might have seen the post from Matt Walsh that has been growing in popularity recently. He titled his article Maybe You Get Bad Customer Service Because You’re a Bad Customer. It’s an article written to a person who berated a fast food employee for getting the ketchup wrong on her meal. It’s worth reading in it’s entirety but here are some of the highlights of his argument to this lady:

Now, I replay this back to you because I realize you probably scream profanities at minimum wage customer service representatives every time you run an errand or grab a bite to eat, so you might not recall the specifics of this one incident. And that brings us to the possible answer to that query you posed in the midst of your ketchup rant. You asked: “Why can’t I ever f*cking get good customer service?” Well, ma’am, that might have something to do with you being a vulgar, miserable, malicious person. Maybe you get bad customer service because you’re a bad customer. Did you ever consider that possibility?

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Louis Nizer

An Ovation for Revenge

Demptser hits ARod

Revenge is alive and well. Especially in baseball. Consider the following tweet from one of the Yankee beat writers:

 

In case you aren’t a baseball fan, those pitching stats are awful. So why would Ryan Dempster, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, get a standing ovation? Because he hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. As if the Red Sox didn’t already have enough reason to hate Rodriguez, the recent suspension and appeal have added a freight truck of fuel to the fire. He’s received roaring boos from every crowd the Yankees have travelled to play. Last night he also received a very intentional baseball coming to him at 92 miles an hour. (more…)