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Joe Loconte tells us of C. S. Lewis’ and J. R. R. Tolkien’s important friendship. Bill Kynes begins a series about reading, studying, and meditating on the Bible. Tom Schwanda asks how the Bible provides a foundation for discipleship. Tom Tarrants addresses the difficult topic of persecution. Bryan Hollon explores the seldom-considered role of catechesis in spiritual formation. Aaron Welty compares the mythology of Narnia and Middle Earth to comic book heroes of today. And, as usual, we include a poem, a sermon, and a message from our president, Joel Woodruff.

President's Letter – The Loving, Long Reach of the Lord for the Lost


In his President’s Letter, Joel Woodruff shares the story about how a young woman in Singapore found the C.S. Lewis Institute website and, by God’s grace, found Jesus Christ, in part by reading through the resources on our website and then connecting with Institute staff through the “Follow Jesus” page. He rejoices, “This makes it all worth it!”, and encourages readers to join him in praying that the Lord will continue to use the website and other discipleship resources of the C.S. Lewis Institute to reach lost men and women around the world.

Old Truths from Oxford: C.S. Lewis and the New Atheists
Andy Bannister, Ph.D.
Director, Solas Centre for Public Christianity


Andy Bannister argues that in considering how to deal with what has been termed the “New Atheism,” we can learn much from looking at C.S. Lewis’s atheism in his early life, “and his journey from it to Christ, as he engaged with the very kinds of arguments that the New Atheists are recycling today.”


How to Read the Bible, Part 2: The Science and Art of Interpretation
Bill Kynes, Ph.D.
C.S. Lewis Institute Senior Fellow, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Evangelicial Free Church


Bill Kynes asks: “So you want to read the Bible, but you’re not sure how to do it well. What does it really mean? How is the Bible understood?” As he addresses these questions in this article, Kynes emphasizes that “[t]o read the Bible rightly, one must submit to the Master, who alone holds the key to meaning. Jesus Christ and His gospel must guide our understanding of the Bible, even as our reading of the Bible will refine our understanding of Jesus and His work.”


Cultivating Attentiveness to God's Presence
Tom Schwanda
Associate Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry, Wheaton College


In this second part of a three-part series on “Growing in Intimacy with God”, Tom Schwanda discusses the biblical truth that God is always with us, and how we can become more aware of His presence in our lives.


Great Books as Great Bridges to Great Conversations
Jim Phillips
City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute – Annapolis


In this article, Jim Phillips discusses studying classic Western literature, and how knowledge of the classics can open up opportunities for gospel discussions.

Greatness in God’s Kingdom
Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D.Min.
Vice President for Ministry & Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, C.S. Lewis Institute


In this article, Tom Tarrants presents a case study, from the Bible, of a group of ambitious men who sought human greatness long ago and how they discovered kingdom greatness. According to Tarrants, their experience has lessons for us today.


POEM: The Windows
George Herbert
(1593 – 1633)



C. S. Lewis loved poetry and wished he could be remembered most for his poems. They grab us in different ways than stories or prose. In each issue we feature a poem. In this poem Herbert is saying practise what you preach, but with rather more elegance.

Sermon – Four Aids to Heavenly Contemplation
Richard Baxter
(1615 – 1691)

Anglican Priest


An inspiring classic sermon from the pulpit of Richard Baxter that we hope will be a blessing to you.


Dr. Randy Newman is the Senior Teaching Fellow for the C.S. Lewis Institute. He posts regularly at his website, Connection Points, helping Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did.

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