22Aug

2015 C.S. Lewis Retreat (Camp Allen)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Here are details about a PAST event from the C.S. Lewis Foundation. I don't usually share old events, but do so here in case you didn't know about this organization.

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The C.S. Lewis Foundation has hosted a retreat at Camp Allen in Texas nearly every year for the last dozen years. For 2015 they will have it October 30th - November 1st. William O'Flaherty caught up with Steven Elmore from the organization to learn more about it. The theme for the retreat is "Of This & Other Worlds: C.S. Lewis & the Call of Deep Heaven."
 
Confirmed speakers and performing artists include:
 
Jerry Root, Devin Brown, Randy Steele, Bob Bennett, Terry Glaspey, Lancia Smith, Melanie Stiles, Andrew Lazo, Crystal Hurd, Abigail Santamaria, Carolyn Curtis
 

21Aug

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis Society of California

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IN THIS REPEAT: Details about the C.S. Lewis Society of California


LewisSocietyofCalifornia.jpgC.S. Lewis societies have existed for a number of years. They range in size from a few dozen or less members to hundreds of members. Some have been around for a short time and others have decades of longevity behind them. Based out of Oakland in the U.S., the C.S. Lewis Society of California has been around for many years. It is an independent, non-profit, Christian, educational and cultural organization interested in events, publications, and other developments that advance deeper understanding of the enduring philosophical, cultural, historical, literary, spiritual, social, and economic issues of mankind. William O'Flaherty recently spoke with  David Theroux, the president of the group. 

19Aug

(Re-Post) 2017 Inklings Weekend in Montreat

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IN THIS REPEAT: Even though this event has already happen, it is a good reminder of what the Inkling Weekend retreats in Montreat, N.C. are like. Details for 2018 will post when available. 

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2017_Inklings_Weekend.jpgThe 2017 Inklings Weekend is approaching soon. This event will be in Montreat (N.C.) March 31st – April 2nd. Dr. Hal Poe, who organizes the weekend is the guest for the show. The theme this year is “”G. K. Chesterton and other Voices that Shaped C. S. Lewis.” Speakers at the event include Dr. Joseph Pearce, Nigel Goodwin, along with Don and Hal.

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18Aug

(Re-Post) Taylor Colloquium 2016 Panel Discussion

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IN THIS REPEAT: Last year's panel discussion from the 2016 Taylor Colloquium.




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What follows is the panel discussion from the 2016 Taylor Colloquium that was held at Taylor University in Indiana just a few weeks ago.  Joe Ricke moderated the session with the featured keynote speakers, Diana Glyer, Colin Duriez, and Sorina Higgins. Those attending will recall that Carol Zaleski joined in via the Internet, however the quality of the audio on my recording was too poor to include; so none of her comments are included in this podcast. Other than that, all of the panel discussion content is provided in the show.

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17Aug

(Re-Post) Keynote Highlights Taylor Colloquium 2016

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IN THIS REPEAT: From last year...parts of the keynotes from Taylor 2016 Colloquium.




Taylor_2016_Highlights.jpgHere's another podcast featuring content from the recent 2016 Taylor Colloquium. This time it's highlights from each of the three keynote addresses. That is, about fifteen minutes  of the talks are provided in this show. You'll hear Diana Glyer first as she talks about the process of writing and how Lewis and Tolkien often differed. Next is Sornia Higgins' presentation on the life of Charles Williams and finally, the last third of this podcast comes from Colin Duriez's speech on the critical friendship of Lewis and Owen Barfield. Please note that the last talk by Colin is more difficult to understand, as the place it was recorded in was different than the others and it turned out worse than expected. 

16Aug

Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions - Episode 2

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Podcast_EXPLORING_-_2.jpgThis podcast episode continues the series begun last time. Guest host for this second show is Dr. Corey Latta. Previously he was interviewed about a book he wrote entitled C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing (link below). This time he asks William O'Flaherty questions about quotations credited to Lewis that he did not write. You will find the key words of those sayings listed below (that also link to an article online) about the quote in question. Also with most of the expressions, in the show itself, it is revealed the closest thing Lewis said on the subject.

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15Aug

(Re-Post) Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions - Episode 1

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IN THIS REPEAT: The last new show; the debut episode of the series Explorling Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions.

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If you have been on social media over the last few years then you have probably seen a quotation attributed to Lewis from someone that you wondered if he actually wrote. That happen to me time and time again; so much that I began to collect them as I researched whether or not Lewis wrote the quote in question. That led to a blog series examining each quotation (see link below). More recently I began collecting information related to the life of Lewis and his writings that are misunderstood and started a blog series on this (link also below). This led me to considering what you now see, the first of a six-part episode chatting about these topics. This initial show provides an overview of all the subjects address in the other programs. Guest host for today is Dr. Crystal Hurd.

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MATERIAL DISCUSSED IN THE SHOW:

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14Aug

(Re-Post) C. S. Lewis on Prayer (Video Study by Rev. David Beckmann)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An interview about a series of videos to help you understand Letters to Malcolm

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CSL_on_Prayer_Beckmann_Videos_.jpgHow familiar are with Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer? Rev. David Beckmann has studied this book a lot and given a variety of talks on it. Now he has pulled together that experience and put it into a series of online videos that was filmed in and around Oxford. That's why he's my guest on this new All About Jack podcast. Learn more about this eight-part series and where to go to watch the first session for free. Beckmann is an Anglican priest, recent director of the C. S. Lewis Study Center at the Kilns, and Moderator of the CS Lewis Society of Chattanooga.

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13Aug

(Re-Post) Irrigating Deserts (Dr. Joel Heck)

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IN THIS REPEAT: A show about Lewis' view on education with an interview with Dr. Joel Heck.

Irrigating_Deserts.jpgBack in 2012 I first released this podcast, however I've never shared it again since moving my hosting to Podbean in late 2014. So, for most of you this will be an interview you haven't heard before now. The author, Dr. Joel Heck, was featured not long ago for a book that just came out in 2017 (link below). Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education is the main focus of this conversation, but a few other topics are explored. Interestingly, Dr. Heck referred to the (then) forthcoming biography by Dr. Alister McGrath, which was released in 2013 and I did an interview with Dr. McGrath on it (link below).

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12Aug

(Re-post) WRL02 - Dymer

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IN THIS REPEAT; From my series about why you should read Lewis; this one about his poem Dymer.

Dymer_3_Covers_.jpgThis podcast focuses on one of the lesser known works by C.S. Lewis; a long narrative poem entitled Dymer. This show is part of an occasional series indirectly begun in 2016 and officially kicked-off this year, 2017. The series is called "Why Read Lewis," and the aim is to encourage you to read or re-read works written by Lewis. Today's program features just three individuals reflecting and/or summarizing Dymer. They are Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Dr. Don King.
Dymer was first published in 1926, prior to Lewis becoming a Christian and was later reprinted in 1950.

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10Aug

(Re-Post) WRL01 - The Last Battle

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IN THIS REPEAT: The first official show in the occassional series Why Read C.S. Lewis. This one is on THE LAST BATTLE. 

Last_Battle_three_covers_.jpgThis podcast focuses on The Last Battle and is part of a new series that I "accidentally" began in 2016. It was then that I gathered together a handful of individuals giving a testimony on a particular work by C.S. Lewis. It started with the fact that The Screwtape Letters first came out in weekly installments in 1941 and I wanted to honor this landmark and encourage people to read or re-read that book. Later I realized that it would be fruitful to spotlight EACH of Lewis' works that way. So, I began to record a variety of individuals on a few books that had similar landmark anniversaries last year. This project was delayed and then I realized there was no need to select works based on a particular anniversary of publication.

It may seem odd to begin a spotlight on one of the Narnia books by presenting testimonies on The Last Battle. This title was selected initially because last year was the 60th anniversary of its release. So, I already had enough people recorded to release the show and thought why not go ahead and share it! On the show today (in order of appearance) is: Christin Ditchfield Lazo, Dennis Beets, Gina Dalfonzo, Dr. Holly Ordway and Dr. Michael Ward.

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9Aug

(Re-post) Introducing Why Read Lewis

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IN THIS REPEAT: A new series on why reading Lewis himself is important. This debut features six different experts.

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Why_Read_Lewis_-_Introduction_GRAPIC.jpgWelcome to a new occasional podcast series designed to encourage you to read books that C.S. Lewis wrote (or edited). Even those who have read a variety of works by him are surprised to learn he wrote more than forty during his lifetime. Additionally, there are numerous books (mostly essay collections) created after his death. As you are likely aware, Lewis wrote in a variety of styles or genres. How many have you read? This new podcast will usually focus on a SINGLE work by Lewis with between three to five individuals sharing thoughts about it. However, because this episode introduces the series, it has comments on six DIFFERENT titles (as noted in the picture). Dr. Michael Ward, Brenton Dickieson, Sørina Higgins, Dr. Crystal Hurd, Dr. Jerry Root and Mark Neal share in this introductory show.

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8Aug

Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions - Episode 1

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If you have been on social media over the last few years then you have probably seen a quotation attributed to Lewis from someone that you wondered if he actually wrote. That happen to me time and time again; so much that I began to collect them as I researched whether or not Lewis wrote the quote in question. That led to a blog series examining each quotation (see link below). More recently I began collecting information related to the life of Lewis and his writings that are misunderstood and started a blog series on this (link also below). This led me to considering what you now see, the first of a six-part episode chatting about these topics. This initial show provides an overview of all the subjects address in the other programs. Guest host for today is Dr. Crystal Hurd.

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MATERIAL DISCUSSED IN THE SHOW:

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7Aug

(Re-Post) 200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 8

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IN THIS REPEAT: The last new episode of 200 Seconds in Hell. 

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You know that the devils try to be sneaky and trick you, right? Did you know they might make you a glutton without eating any food? It's what Screwtape calls "gluttony of Delicacy" in the seventeenth letter. Just what is that? Learn all about it in this new short podcast that explores the themes in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Don't forget to check out the other episodes by following the links below.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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6Aug

(Re-Post) WRL03 - The Great Divorce

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IN THIS REPEAT: My last new show which was about The Great Divorce book that Lewis wrote. 

The_Great_Divorce_4_covers_.jpgThis podcast, part of an occasional feature to encourage you to read material from Lewis, focuses on one of the shortest works by him (excluding essays, of course). The Great Divorce was first released in weekly installments in The Guardian before published in 1946. If you have never read this fictional work then you will be pleasantly surprised about how much truth can be learned from the experiences of the characters! The guests sharing their thoughts are (in order of appearance): Dennis Beets, Gina DalFonzo, James Motter, and Brenton Dickieson.

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