C. S. Lewis: Thoughts On Books and Reading

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) was arguably the most influential Christian thinker of his time, and his thought has long outlasted him.  It would be difficult indeed to find someone who has had more influence than Lewis on the modern classical education renewal.  From his great works of fiction (The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent…

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The Warrior

NEW SONG #7 Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Song of Solomon 8:5 (verse 1) Oh, Abba! What words can I write To sing new songs of sweetest praise? To tell of victories in the night And how a victor’s shout is raised? Who is this? Her brow so…

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Called To This?

I have not been “called” to this. The easy chair. (Or the easy crowd.) Though I confess? (There are days I wish I were.) Simply put God has called me to the Prodigal-Church. Yeah, you know. The ones referred to as: The Messy-misfits. The Raucous-runaways. The Wrecked and Wounded. The ones who have heard it…

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Who Me? Out On A Limb? (gulp!)

  I just finished up a bible study group called, “Open Your Bible.” Mostly “the basics” but I enjoyed the coffee and fellowship time we had together at our local Starbucks. (Which was the real point for me.) I really didn’t think this study could hold many surprises, but I was wrong. The writer positively…

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Broken To Bless

I think it was Ruth Graham who wrote, “…there is a broken heart in every pew.” Many years down the road, with many a “breaking-experience” under my belt, I can say a healthy amen. We in The Church are “a building” built from broken things. I recall when I was the editor of my women’s…

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The Table (Part 3 ~ Moses-Moments)

I believe there are Moses-moments that all of us will encounter. Experiences that we walk through; things that happen to us that change us forever. They may come unbidden or unwanted. They may be a result of our choosing, or of another’s choices. But the result is nevertheless the same—we change permanently. From that moment…

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The Table (Part 2 ~ Unexpected Places)

Okay, I have my list. I’ve got my plan and I’m headed to the import store for, table cloth, check. Napkins and utensils, check. In my head, I see it—this table of mine in a sea of china, silver, and crystal. Only my table is the exact opposite. Instead of china, wooden plates with plain…

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The Table (Part 1 – Social Doofus)

  I wonder how many people are like me? I live in this weird parallel universe of making myself do what I need to do, while at the same time feeling totally incapable of doing it. (I think it’s a holdover from my childhood.) I remember the first time dad stood me on a kitchen…

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Beloved Prodigal… (Part 1 ~ bat Shuvah)

  The road you’re on is not an easy one. (I should know.) I have been down your road. It is for that reason I wrote this book. I am hoping it will plant some seeds of trust in that heart of yours. The Jewish would call me “bat Shuvah”—she who has returned. I have returned. To my Abba-Father God. To…

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CODE RED

I am stumbing through grief again. “So soon?” my heart whispered. It seems as if I had just recovered from one huge loss when I got the jarring news that someone I loved dearly had been whisked away. Gone. Death always jars me to my toes. I never get used to it no matter how many times…

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