If You Don’t Know Jack

If You Don’t Know Jack

Perhaps you’re a verifiable lover of C.S. Lewis and his mere Christianity, his Narnia chronicles, his brilliant and diabolical missives from hell itself, and his unmatched blend of uncompromised heart and head.

Or maybe you’d consider him a casual acquaintance — you’ve read a few things here and there and often sensed his presence through his influence on others.

Or perhaps you’d admit you don’t know Jack at all.

Whatever your orientation on Lewis heretofore, we invite you to join us and get to know “Jack” and his writing better this September 26–28 at the Desiring God 2013 National Conference.

Early-Bird Rate Until July 26

Under the banner of “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis,” we’ve scheduled six plenary addresses — from Randy Alcorn, Phil Ryken, Kevin Vanhoozer, Douglas Wilson, and two from John Piper — as well as four breakouts and a dozen short 10-minute “small talks” to pick and choose from on various aspects of Lewis’s life and thought (more info to come). We think this smattering will engage both the Lewis-lover and the Lewis-stranger alike.

When you register between now and midnight July 26, you take advantage of our “early-bird rate.” The digest of details is available at desiringGod.org/Lewis.

Why They Called Him Jack

So, if you’re wondering why they called Clive Staples Lewis by the name Jack...

The story goes back to his childhood when the Lewis family had a dog named Jacksie — to whom little Clive was very attached. When Jacksie was run over by a car, the four-year-old announced that he now would be going by the name Jacksie in memory of his dearly loved pet. Initially, he responded only to Jacksie, but eventually he softened and began answering to Jack. For the next 60 years, those who knew him best called him Jack.


Also, as part of their Preview Days event, Bethlehem College and Seminary will be hosting a concert from artists Shane and Shane on Thursday evening, September 27. Learn more information or register.

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David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor at desiringGod.org and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis. He has edited several books, including Thinking. Loving. Doing., Finish the Mission, and Acting the Miracle, and is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.