Today is the 51st Anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s Death

C.S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963, just shy of his 65th birthday on November 29th.

Today is the 51st anniversary of his death on the same day that President John F. Kennedy and writer Aldous Huxley died.

One of the projects we’ve been engaged in at the C.S. Lewis Foundation this past year is strategic planning. For us, 28 years after our founding, this means re-visiting and reflecting upon our founding vision and mission.

In doing so, we’ve highlighted and summarized our core values into the following:

  • “Mere Christianity”
  • The Good, the True, and the Beautiful
  • Integration of Mind, Spirit, and Imagination
  • Striving for excellence
  • Education as a means to assist spiritual formation
  • Hospitality
  • Community

Can’t you see C.S. Lewis throughout that list? This is why we originally chose Lewis as a model and a namesake – we were looking at what we wanted to represent as an organization and found that Lewis fit.

In “Living the Legacy” of C.S. Lewis, we don’t seek to idolize the man or merely to memorialize him, but instead we see Lewis as a model of someone who lived as a Christian serving in higher education and who used his imagination and intellect in the service of Christ.  Among many other qualities, Lewis was ever-seeking, charitable, humble, and joyous. Most importantly, he pointed others toward Christ.

As individuals inspired by his writings and his life , and as an organization that endeavors to live his legacy, we remember him this day.

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Word of Grace – November 17, 2014

Monday Grace

 

Fig trees may not grow figs,
     and there may be no grapes on the vines.
There may be no olives growing
     and no food growing in the fields.
There may be no sheep in the pens
     and no cattle in the barns.
But I will still be glad in the Lord;
     I will rejoice in God my Savior.
             (Hab 3:17-19)

Dear Friends,The season is seven-years dry. It is said to be the worst drought here in 500 years. But there were probably less than 100,000 Native Americans in this vast land in the 16th Century and no Europeans. Today, there are more than  37,000,000 thirsty people here and the land does not seem so vast nor its water so abundant.A state of emergency has been declared. Water rationing is the grim mandate of our city and state.

Evergreens sicken and die in the mountains as they lose the vitality to ward off sap-sucking bark beetles. Wildfires rage through our forests and grasslands.

As reserves shrink, fear and loathing increases. Environmentalists, corporate agriculture, a decaying water infrastructure, golf courses, urban sprawl, home-owners, industry, and the catch-all “global warming” all point accusing fingers at each other. None of their aspersions can change the fact that the amount of water is finite. The only issue is allocation.

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“C.S. Lewis on Post-Christian Culture and Faith” Lecture — Professor Mark Pike

If you happen to be in the Riverside, California area, Professor Mark Pike will be giving a lecture on Lewis titled “C.S. Lewis on Post-Christian Culture and Faith.” The lecture takes place on Thursday, November 6th from 3:30 – 5:30pm at California Baptist University. Please read below for more information:

“C.S. Lewis on Post-Christian Culture and Faith”
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Staples Room, James Building
California Baptist University

Professor Mark A. Pike, Ph.D.
Head of School and Professor in Educational Values and Pedagogy
School of Education, University of Leeds, UK

Dr. Mark Pike, a dynamic and exciting British thinker and speaker, has just been appointed as the Head of the School of Education of the 35,000-student University of Leeds, in the north of England, where he leads a faculty of 57. A high school teacher for over a decade, Dr. Pike took his Ph.D. from Southampton University before rising rapidly through the ranks at Leeds. He writes and speaks widely on literary, moral and religious issues in education, and is the author of Mere Education: C S Lewis as Teacher for our Time (Lutterworth Press, 2014), Citizenship and Moral Education: values in action (Routledge Falmer, 2006), Spirituality, Literature and Literacy, (Cerfax Publishing, Taylor and Francis Group, 2004), as well as over 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.

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Word of Grace – November 3, 2014

Monday Grace

Dear Friends,

I shower and dress after my Friday morning physical training session.
My arthritic lower back was tweaked a bit while doing squats.

The ache reminds me to put my wallet into the right front pocket of my comfortable slacks where it won’t make my sitting posture uneven, aggravating the inflammation. Because it is the first cool day of fall here, I wear a turtleneck and sweater. The lack of jacket pockets means I cram my cell phone, keys, and pens into the same pocket.

The rest of my day will be spent in important, hard-to-schedule meetings with the leadership of the Medical Center and University. I stop by my office on the way and pick up two large files of hand-outs. Then I’m on my way, on task and on target. But when I lift my right leg high to climb back in to my SUV, the strained cloth of my stuffed pocket shreds without warning leaving a lattice-work exposure of my bare right leg from just below my belt almost to my knee.

This is no seam-split repairable with safety pins. It is a failure of fabric like a blown mainsail on a schooner leaving me adrift and helpless to the wind and the waves.

What do I do now? Replacement pants are at my home 26 congested freeway miles to the west.  For a moment, I contemplate calling into the meetings while driving home. But these are meetings that I have requested and the subject matter and the exhibits are best handled face to face. I pray a favorite prayer: “Please, God, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me” (Ps 70:1). Read more »

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Word of Grace — October 27, 2014

Monday Grace

Dear Friends,

One of the overlooked commands of Scripture is “Be thankful” (1 Cor 10:30; Col 3:15; Col 4:2; Heb 12:28). The prescription is for a state of being for the believer. It is not an instruction to do something.

Have you ever gritted your teeth and tried to force yourself to be thankful? True thankfulness is an attitude of heart that cannot be coerced or manufactured. It is always a voluntary action hence the term “thanksgiving.” The Lord prizes a glad flow of humility and appreciation that flows from a heart that understands it is the beneficiary of grace (2 Cor 9:7).

A child may be compelled to say “thank you” as an homage to politeness. This is an important lesson in respect and a necessary lubricant against the frictions of human relations. Ultimately,  personal knowledge and joyful experience with the goodness and unconditional love of the Lord leads to the expressions of thanksgiving and praise described in Psalm 100. Read more »

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