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Lewis on Literature

Fall break has broken.  It came to an end last night with church, some orange chicken with  steamed rice, laundry, and the final pages of C. S. Lewis’s The Discarded Image.  The book, Lewis’s attempt at writing a “primer” for … Continue reading

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The Joy of Teaching

What started out as a quote about the particular love of teaching turned into a call for something more from pastors.  From VanHoozer and Strachan’s The Pastor as Public Theologian: Stanley Woodworth, my high school French teacher, once described the … Continue reading

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A Sort Of Wizards Duel

This week some of my students will start to read C. S. Lewis’s “The Weight of Glory.”  Every year I read it with my students, I seem to find something new or just askew enough to strike me deeply.  The … Continue reading

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Up Through the First Joke

From The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis: The Lion, whose eyes never blinked, stared at the animals as hard as if he was going to burn them up with his mere stare.  And gradually a change came over them.  The smaller … Continue reading

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The Professional Necessity of Others

From Matthew B. Crawford’s The World Beyond Your Head: For experiences to become part of the secure, sedimented foundation of a skill, they must be criticized.  Otherwise people (and the resources of language) are indispensable.  Without them, your experiences are … Continue reading

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Having Your Attention (and eating it, too?)

Yesterday’s classic Calvin and Hobbes also reminded me of something Andy Crouch recently said about technology and the attention our screens demand from us (connected to Calvin and his appliances).  From “Small Screens, Big World”: Our screens, increasingly, pay a … Continue reading

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Life as It Buffers

From Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island (upon seeing the dreaded swirling circle on his computer screen): But on this thought’s outer reaches lay a much less reassuring counter-thought: what if it were just a circle spinning on my screen, and nothing … Continue reading

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