15Jul

(Re-Post) 200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 2

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IN THIS REPEAT: Here's a reminder about my mini-series highlighting THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. This is the 2nd episode (links below to a few others)

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Laughter is a funny business and you can learn more about its causes in this second episode of "200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis." If you are just learning about this short-term podcast then be sure to also listen to the debut show that overviews my focus on The Screwtape Letters.

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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14Jul

(Re-Post) Preparing for Easter (New Lewis Book of Devotional Readings)

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IN THIS REPEAT: A book of readings that is enjoyable apart from Easter. 

Preparing_for_Easter_2017_.jpgHas celebrating the resurrection of Christ become routine for you each Easter? Learn about a new collection of devotional readings from the previously published writings of C.S. Lewis to help bring you to a renewed understanding of Jesus's sacrifice. Zach Kincaid is my guest for this podcast interview to talk about Preparing for Easter, a new resource for 2017. He went through all of Lewis's writings and selected the readings, along with two passages from the Bible to aid all Christians deepening their knowledge and appreciation of this holy season.

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13Jul

(Re-Post) 16r Essay Chat - Willing Slaves of the Welfare State (Dr. Crystal Hurd)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Another essay chat - this on "Willings Slaves of the Welfare State" with Dr. Crystal Hurd.




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Back in April 2012 I began an occasional series of essay chats. Each of these podcasts examine a single shorter work that C.S. Lewis wrote with the hopes of encourage you to read or re-read it. As "Willing Slaves of the Welfare State" is repeated with this show, I find it hard to believe that I actually did sixteen over a seven month span. Of course, back then my program wasn't very old and this was a fairly easy way to create a new podcast. My guest for this essay chat is a familiar name; Dr. Crystal Hurd has been on the show many times. Crystal is an educator and researcher from Virginia who is currently researching the role of artists as leaders. The essay discussed can most easily be found in God in the Dock.

12Jul

(Re-Post) Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Christopher Mitchell

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IN THIS REPEAT: Three years ago this month Dr. Mitchell unexpectedly died; here's a reflection of his life by some friends. 




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July 10th was the one-year anniversary of Dr. Christopher Mitchell's death. Last year (2014) I posted a show featuring several individuals sharing their thoughts about his life and work. Because at that time my audio files where hosted at another location it seemed appropriate to re-post it now. If you are not familiar with who Chris was it's because he was a humble person who, although very influential in the many ways, preferred focusing on encouraging others than spending time trying to make a name for himself. 
 
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11Jul

(Re-Post) Deeper Magic (Dr. Donald T. Williams)

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IN THIS REPEAT: My last new podcast interview that explores the theology of C.S. Lewis. 

Deeper_Magic.jpgWhile C.S. Lewis is known for being outspoken about his Christian faith, it's difficult to find specifics about what he believed in some aspects of Theology. This is not unusual because he wasn't a Theologian, even though he did manage to help many understand various theological issues. Fortunately, a new book by Dr. Donald T. Williams, entitled Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C.S. Lewis tackles the topic. This podcast interview provides an overview of his book that not only summarizes Lewis' views but also gives an analysis of them. Dr. Williams has previously been on All About Jack with a couple of podcasts featuring two different talks that related to the subject.

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10Jul

(Re-Post) Preacher Lewis - 75 Years Later (William O’Flaherty)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Here's a talk William O'Flaherty gave in 2014, the 75th anniversary of the first sermon that Lewis preached.

 

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The following is not an interview, but a talk that I recent gave in TN at the C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga. The topic is about when Lewis spoke at church. He gave his first sermon 75 years ago…the debut was in 1939. I provide an overview of what we know about the times he preached and greater details about his first, last and best messages. 

 

9Jul

(Re-Post) 75th Anniversary Reflections on The Screwtape Letters

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IN THIS REPEAT: This month in 1941 Lewis wrote the preface to THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. Here are some reflections on the greatness of that book.  




Screwtape_Anniversary_Reflections.jpgAs this podcast is released it's the 75th anniversary of the very first letter from Screwtape. Before the book version of The Screwtape Letters was published in 1942, The Guardian (a church publication that is no longer published) released the letters weekly, starting on May 2, 1941. What follows are short reflections from a variety of individuals about the landmark material that was Lewis' first claim to fame. Comments are from Dr. Bruce Edwards, Dr. Jerry Root, Brenton Dickieson, Andrew Lazo, Christin Ditchfield, Rev. Dr. Bruce R. Johnson, Mark Wallace Maguire, Dr. Don King, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Sandy Smith. Follow the links below to learn more about them.

8Jul

(Re-Post) 15r Essay Chat - Lilies That Fester (Allyson Wieland)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An essay chat about a shorter work entiltled "Lilies That Fester."  


EC15r-LiliesThatFester.jpgThis is the fifteenth essay chat that is part of an occasional series focusing on the shorter works from C.S. Lewis. It was recorded back in 2012 and hasn't been shared since moving my audio hosting to PodBean.com. This chat explores "Lilies That Fester," an essay best found in The World's Last Night. William O'Flaherty spoke with Allyson Wieland about this piece. Allyson is the creator of CSL Book Club, an online resource for discussion questions for a number of books by C.S. Lewis.

7Jul

(Re-Post) 14r Essay Chat - On Stories pt. 2 (Andrew Lazo)

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In this repeat: Here's the second of a two-part essay chat on the shorter work "On Stories."




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This is the second and final part of a podcast focusing on "On Stories" by C.S. Lewis. This is the lead essay in On Stories: And other Essays on Literature. William O'Flaherty spoke with Andrew Lazo about this shorter work back in 2012. Andrew, who does a lot of behind the scenes work related to Lewis, is the co-editor of Mere Christians, a book containing testimonies of various individuals who were dramatically impacted by the writings of C.S. Lewis.  In this second part Andrew addresses the issue of the importance of re-reading stories. Favorite quotes from this essay are also shared, along with  where to find other material where Lewis addresses the topics in this essay (links to purchase are below).
 
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6Jul

(Re-Post) 13r Essay Chat - On Stories pt. 1 (Andrew Lazo)

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IN THIS REPEAT: The first of a two-part essay chat on the shorter work by Lewis called "On Stories."




OnStoriesEssayChatpt1.jpg"On Stories" is the namesake essay in On Stories: And other Essays on Literature. William O'Flaherty spoke with Andrew Lazo back in 2012 about this shorter work by C.S. Lewis. Among the topics it explores is what makes a story pleasurable and why fairy tales do follow a strict logic. This is the first of a two-part episode on it (this first show alone is 20 minutes). Learn about when this essay was first published and some keys points made in the article in this first part. Next week's segment deals primarily with the issue of the importance of re-reading stories.

 
 

5Jul

Deeper Magic (Dr. Donald T. Williams)

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Deeper_Magic.jpgWhile C.S. Lewis is known for being outspoken about his Christian faith, it's difficult to find specifics about what he believed in some aspects of Theology. This is not unusual because he wasn't a Theologian, even though he did manage to help many understand various theological issues. Fortunately, a new book by Dr. Donald T. Williams, entitled Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C.S. Lewis tackles the topic. This podcast interview provides an overview of his book that not only summarizes Lewis' views but also gives an analysis of them. Dr. Williams has previously been on All About Jack with a couple of podcasts featuring two different talks that related to the subject.

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4Jul

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis as Theologian (Dr. Don Williams)

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IN THIS REPEAT: I'm posting a new interview with Dr. Don Williams soon about a book that he briefly spoke about a couple years ago. Here's that talk:

 

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The focus of this podcast is a talk that Dr. Donald Williams gave recently that was a paper presented at Taylor University earlier this year (2014) as part of the 9th Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends. Dr. Williams explores the challenges faced when consider Lewis as a theologian. The material is the ground work for a book he is working and in it he share why such an examination is needed. 

3Jul

(Re-Post) 11-12r Essay Chat - The Vision of John Bunyan (Kevin Belmonte)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An essay chat on the shorter work "The Vision of John Bunyan." The essay was first published on December 13, 1962.




TheVisionofJohnBunyan.jpg"The Vision of John Bunyan" was the topic for my 11th and 12th essay chat back in 2012. For this re-release I combined the shows because together they are just over twenty minutes. Kevin Belmonte, who joined me for the third essay chat (and other shows) returned for this discussion. As always, in addition to exploring several key points in the article, you will learn background information about it, as well as related articles or books on a similar topic. "The Vision of John Bunyan" is best found in Selected Literary Essays (a title that was re-issued in paperback and made available in eBook for the first time in late 2013).

 

2Jul

(Re-Post) Apologetics and the Christian Imagination (Dr. Holly Ordway)

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IN THIS REPEAT: My last new show was with Dr. Holly Ordway about new new apologetics book. 

Apologetics_and_the_Christian_Imagination.jpgNew for 2017 is a book by Dr. Holly Ordway entitled Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith. This podcast interview gives an overview of Holly’s belief that both reason and imagination should be used for the most effective defense of the Christian faith. She has previously been on All About Jack for a couple of “Essay Chat” podcasts and co-hosted a series dealing with The Narnia Code, and talking about her spiritual autobiography Not God’s Type.

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1Jul

(Re-Post) EC10r - Meditation in a Toolshed (Dr. Bruce Edwards)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Here's another essay chat I did a few years ago. 




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"Meditation in a Toolshed" was the tenth essay chat William O'Flaherty did back in 2012. Dr. Bruce Edwards, Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is the guest for this discussion.  "Meditation in a Toolshed" is a fairly short essay that is a favorite among Lewis scholars. It is best found in God in the Dock essay collection. Learn about the background to this shorter work from Lewis and a few of the key points made in it that will either introduce to this great piece or remind you about it.

 

 

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