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Sept. 28 Chapters 1-5
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October 12 Chapters 11-13
October 19 Chapters 14-17
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Back to C.S. Lewis with a bit of a switch up. We are going to read a couple of the kids books written by Lewis for the express purpose of passing on Western culture and values in the form of stories. Unlike Tolkien, a friend of his, Lewis was also explicit in using the Christian story as the core of Western culture. This is most clearly seen in this first book of the series which is the salvation story of Christ set in a different world - the land of Narnia.
While the Chronicles of Narnia are children's books, filled with fantasy and adventure, they are also a great primer in the Christian faith. We will dig into some of the richness of both Narnia and our world.
Most of us are regular people who have good days and bad days. Our lives are radically ordinary and unexciting. That means they're the kind of lives God gets excited about. While the world worships beauty and power and wealth, God hides his glory in the simple, the mundane, the foolish, working in unawesome people, things, and places.
In our day of celebrity worship and online posturing, this is a refreshing, even transformative way of understanding God and our place in his creation. It urges us to treasure a life of simplicity, to love those whom the world passes by, to work for God's glory rather than our own. And it demonstrates that God has always been the Lord of the cross--a Savior who hides his grace in unattractive, inglorious places.
Your God Is Too Glorious reminds readers that while a quiet life may look unimpressive to the world, it's the regular, everyday people that God tends to use to do his most important work.
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This book is a collection of letters written by Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below,” to his nephew Wormwood. These letters meant to help guide the novice demon as he tries to secure the damnation of an ordinary young man. With a strong sense of irony and great satire, Lewis explores the topic of spiritual warfare.
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Enter a world where failure is success, endings are beginnings, and freedom is found as we learn to submit.
It may sound counterintuitive, but the truth is that Christianity is not just a "nicer" version of the world we live in. It's a completely different, upside-down, backward faith. Somewhere along the way, we've forgotten that and instead accepted a boring, predictable, watered-down version of the life we were meant to live.
Now Chad Bird invites us to put our striving for success aside to embrace nine specific failures in the areas of our personal lives, our relationships, and the church. With compelling examples from the Bible and today, Bird paints an enticing picture of the countercultural life God wants for us. He helps us delight in all of the ways that Jesus turned the world upside down, allowing us to experience true freedom, not from our weaknesses but in the midst of them.
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