Jack’s Typewriter

Tony Reinke
Jack’s Typewriter

Thankfully you never saw our big mistake in the C.S. Lewis conference trailer.

For the video we hired an actor to play Lewis, to walk through a garden, to look into the sky, and to read a book in a high-back chair.

But one scene nobody saw was Lewis at his typewriter, not because we didn’t accidentally film the scene (and delete it later), but because such a scene never happened. Lewis detested typewriters.

At first this was merely a curious footnote in the brilliant and fascinating life of... Continue Reading

Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

David Mathis
Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

Ink is the great cure for all human ills.

So wrote a young C.S. Lewis to a childhood friend. Lewis was only seventeen years old when he penned such a claim, but he has proved wise beyond his years. Here’s the full statement from his letter of May 30, 1916:

Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing: ink is the great cure for all human ills.

Whether we think of ourselves as writers or not — and we are all writers to some extent, even if it’s just email and social media... Continue Reading

Lewis Live-Stream Free for All

David Mathis
Lewis Live-Stream Free for All

UPDATE: See available audio and video rebroadcasts.

At long last, we gather this weekend in Minneapolis for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference.

The fullest experience will be on the ground in Minnie, but we’re kicking the doors wide open across the Worldwide Web for all to stream in. Whosoever wills may come with the free-of-cost conference live-stream.

All the action is available — in English, Spanish, and Russian — at desiringGod.org/live. Also you can track with us on... Continue Reading

Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness

Jon Bloom
Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness

We all have sin-infected weaknesses that are intractable. They are deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and are frequently exacerbated by our sinful responses to them.

Inherent weaknesses are different from indwelling sin. Indwelling sin is evil that is waging war against God in our very members (Romans 7:21–23). Inherent weaknesses are our bodily experience of God’s curse of futility that is affecting all of creation (Romans 8:20). Sin is moral corruption... Continue Reading

The Strange Glory of Ordinary Things

John Piper
The Strange Glory of Ordinary Things

Clyde Kilby was born September 26, 1902. He may have been my most influential teacher when I was in college. But then again it may have been Stuart Hackett. Kilby was a romantic — like C. S. Lewis. Hackett was a rationalist — like C. S. Lewis. One taught literature, the other taught philosophy. One taught me to see with the eyes of a poet. The other taught me the ubiquitous relevance of the law of non-contradiction.

I thank God for both of them. I believe what they saw... Continue Reading

Jesus Is Not Your Sin-Manager

Owen Strachan
Jesus Is Not Your Sin-Manager

What comes to mind when you think of the word “financial debt?” College loans? Low-budget TV commercials? Interminable stress and prolonged discouragement?

These are all possible, and understandable, responses. Here’s another one: Jesus Christ.

Jesus Came to Crush Our Debt

What do I mean by this rather odd statement? To begin with, on the cross Jesus paid for all of our sin. We were terribly, tremendously in the wrong before a holy God. We all heaped up an unpayable amount of... Continue Reading

Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry

Joe Rigney

They say that chivalry is dead, that the medieval ideal of the humble knight is laid low in the dust. They were saying the same in C.S. Lewis’s day. And Lewis, rather than lamenting the loss of chivalry, sought to do something about it.

Lewis loved chivalry, at one point even referring to it as “the one hope of the world.” Lewis deeply appreciated the double demand that the chivalric ideal makes on human nature.

The knight is a man of blood and iron, a man familiar with... Continue Reading

Free Saeed: A Wife’s Plea to Iran’s President

Nahgmeh Abedini
Free Saeed: A Wife’s Plea to Iran’s President

Thursday marks one year since Iran imprisoned my husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, for his Christian faith. When the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrested Saeed without warning and took him to the notorious Evin Prison, I could not have imagined the journey God had planned for us — a journey still without a finish line in sight.

The Empty Seat in Our Home

All I can remember about those first days are tear-soaked eyes and indescribable anxiety and grief. Evenings... Continue Reading

Don’t Do God’s Will Like an Atheist

John Piper
Don’t Do God’s Will Like an Atheist

After my message to the Liberty University student body last week, a perceptive student asked this clarifying question: So you don’t believe that altruistic acts are possible or desirable?

I asked for his definition of altruism so that I could answer what he was really asking. He said, “Doing a good deed for others with no view to any reward.” I answered: that’s right, whether or not it’s possible, I don’t think it’s desirable, because it’s not what the Bible teaches us... Continue Reading

My Dragon Skin Torn Off

Luma Simms
My Dragon Skin Torn Off

I first read C.S. Lewis just after I arrived in the United States as a nine-year-old girl. Born in Iraq, I was still learning English when I first read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and it captured my attention and my imagination.

Life moved on, I settled into this country, I became an adult, and I later read other non-fiction and philosophical books by Lewis. But what breaks me — even to this day — are a few pages in his fiction book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

A Rotten... Continue Reading