The Chronicles of Nick Haddad – April 15, 2014

Nick Haddad currently serves as the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s Assistant to the Warden for The C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns. Before moving to Oxford, Nick served the Foundation as an intern in our Redlands office, as well as received his B.A. at Belmont University in Mass Communications. As a part of his time spent at The Kilns, Nick has agreed to write a series of blog posts regarding his experiences in order to give our readers an idea of what it is like to work and live in the former home of C.S. Lewis.

kilns-header2.jpgA large part of my job is to lead tours for visitors and people who are passionate about Lewis.  I do love giving tours because you get a chance to interact with people from all over the world who, through one avenue or another, have been influenced by Lewis.  From the young kids who just read The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time, to the scholars who have invested all their study on the works of Lewis, they all make their way to the Kilns throughout the week.

As a tour guide, I have to know the history of the home, as well as have a firm knowledge of the life of Lewis to answer any questions thrown my way. When I conduct a tour, questions do arise about the life of Lewis, the history of the home, and general inquiries as to the happenings of the house.  So with that, I’d like to present my answers to “Seven Frequently Asked Questions I Get While Giving a Tour.”  These aren’t really in any particular order. Read more »

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Word of Grace – April 14, 2014

Monday Grace

Dear Friends,

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him;and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them” (Matt 8:1-4).

Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes progressive disfiguring damage to the flesh, peripheral nervous system and respiratory tract. A Norwegian scientist named Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen (no relation to me) discovered a bacteria in the skin sores of lepers in 1873 that proved the disease was germ-caused and therefore not hereditary as believed since ancient times. Modern antibiotics have led to a cure for leprosy.

It is among the least contagious of infectious diseases. It is believed to be spread by respiratory droplets; i.e. coughs, sneezes, breathing, to which someone is exposed in close and intimate conditions over a period of time. Read more »

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Word of Grace – April 7, 2014

Monday Grace

Dear Friends,

This is the second message of a two-part series on lessons of prayer and praise found in Psalm 3 written when David was in retreat from the havoc caused by the rebellion of his son, Absalom. Last week’s message was about the power of praise to relieve darkness when we can’t even pray.

This week’s study begins with verses 5 and 6.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.
I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
who have set themselves all around.

David was a fighter, often on the run in the early days of his adulthood. He was on the run again late in his life when he wrote these words.

Lying down to sleep is both a luxury and a vulnerability for a combatant. There are two times a soldier puts down his weapons– when he eats and when he sleeps. Those are times of vulnerability because they are times of intimacy, peace and rest. Read more »

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The Chronicles of Nick Haddad – April 1, 2014

Nick Haddad currently serves as the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s Assistant to the Warden for The C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns. Before moving to Oxford, Nick served the Foundation as an intern in our Redlands office, as well as received his B.A. at Belmont University in Mass Communications. As a part of his time spent at The Kilns, Nick has agreed to write a series of blog posts regarding his experiences in order to give our readers an idea of what it is like to work and live in the former home of C.S. Lewis.

Anthony-at-The-Kilns-Tea-wb-688x1024I had the opportunity, among his busy schedule, to sit down and talk with scholar-in-resident Anthony Sciubba about his studies, life in Oxford, and all things Kilns-related. Quick background on Anthony: Anthony hails from Gilbert, Arizona and attended Pepperdine University, receiving his undergraduate degree in History and Religion.  From there he attended Yale Divinity School where he received a Masters Degree in History of Christianity. He is currently residing at the Study Centre at the Kilns, in the Scholars-in-Residence program, working on his MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine studies.

Nick: So Anthony, for starters, what drew you to applying to live at The Kilns?

Anthony: I was drawn here because of Lewis.  C.S. Lewis is the inspiration behind why I want to be a Christian academic.  He has always sort of been my role model of what it means to be a Christian and a scholar, while also writing fiction and Christian apologetic work.

N: So were you a big fan of Lewis before you came to The Kilns? Read more »

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Word of Grace – March 31, 2014

Monday Grace

Dear Friends,

Too many days, when I seek to quiet my heart before God and offer up praise and thanks, the issues, conflicts, disputes, fears, urgent requests and critiques that are the natural lot of a lawyer boil up angry and inflamed in the midst of my prayers. They carry my thoughts to a maelstrom of “to do” items, counter-arguments, vengeance, and regrets.

Paul says, “Pray about everything” (Phil 4:6), and I wonder, “How can I pray with this much clutter and angst in my soul? How can I worship in the midst of such turmoil?”

Surely David must have known such dilemmas when the rebellion of his son Absalom forced him to flee Jerusalem. His thoughts and prayers would be haunted by past sins, family dysfunction, the loss of his people’s confidence, the embarrassing need to flee his own capital, betrayal by trusted advisers, and insults from old opponents. Read more »

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