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July 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 July in the book. The third quote is my favorite.

The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.

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Can My Daughter Be A Princess of the King?

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One of the weirdest moments in church ministry for me happened in my first year. I was on the student team staff and was the driver for one of our events. That meant that I drove a fifteen passenger church van with another adult co-leader riding shotgun with me. On this particular event, something strange happened: I had a van full of only females. That had never happened before, and as you might imagine, it caused our conversation on that trip to be different than most.

I don’t remember how we got into the discussion but the focus turned to these teenage girls explaining how they were each a “princess of the King.” As I listened to how they were applying this metaphor I realized it can be used in two ways:

  1. to find self esteem and value in the love of Christ
  2. to find a sense of entitlement as someone more special than others

As I listened to the girls talk it sounded to be mainly the second one. So I attempted to thoughtfully challenge them to think through how they were using the metaphor. After all, there is no society where all the women are a princess of the same king. The metaphor by nature implies exclusivity. While some of the ladies were a bit heated in the discussion, I felt good about the dialogue overall.

Until the phone calls started.

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Wanna Read Faster?

Zap Reader LogoIf you are a regular to my blog you know that my “reading” category is the most often used. I’ve been able to dramatically increase the amount of books I read with audio books on apps like Audible but I still wish I could ingest and retain more content faster. It’s the curse of the web age.

While there are plenty of tips and tricks to train yourself to read faster, here is something you can apply immediately and it doesn’t require any training. There is an online tool called ZapReader that feeds you the words at a speed and grouping of your choosing. This can be incredibly useful for online articles, blogs, or any document that you can copy and paste into the program.

Here is a video explanation of what the software does (try and move beyond the voice in the video):

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The Wrestling Widow

I spoke on another of Jesus’ parables this weekend at Central and wrestled with a question for all of us to consider: What does your faith invite God to do in your life?

The Opportunity of Surprise

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It becomes increasingly easy to manage your reputation and project a false self in our growing world of social media. The me you see is the me I want you to see. Sure, the duality sometimes catches up with people like we’ve seen recently with the unfortunately named former Congressman, Anthony Weiner. But far more often we project what we’d like and nobody is the wiser for it. While the consequences rarely catch up to each person individually, we pay the fee collectively. We see this in a number of areas.

Our lack of trust,

our skepticism,

our avoidance of vulnerability,

our nagging insecurities,

our need to impress others.

You might argue that these are all normal human behaviors. While that is true, our world of technology has sped up our use of them. That’s why we now have a new opportunity unlike ever before: surprise people with what’s on the inside.

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