C. S. Lewis

There are No Ordinary People

C. S. Lewis quote, there are no ordinary people


One of those beautiful reminders for you and I to live in and out of our True Identity. You are not ORDINARY. You are extraordinary. If you want to see just some of the biblical basis for this quote from Lewis, turn to Psalm 139.

You are no ordinary person.
AND . . . Not a single person you meet today is ordinary.
Friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, people you like, those you don't, those who don't like you . . .

THERE ARE NO ORDINARY PEOPLE, anywhere, ever!

Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear...see and hear and act appropriately.
 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

The Gradual Slope to Hell

C. S. Lewis quote  the safest road to hell is the gradual oneLewis understood that most of us do not rush head first off the cliff into apostasy or ruinous unbelief.

Most of us do not go from upright citizen and supporter of our country to an act of traitorous betrayal.

There are very few who take the dramatic step from devoted spouse to flagrant and flippant adulterer.

Most of us do not go from worshippers to idolaters in the course of a week. It is so rare it is stunning when a white hot devotion becomes outright denial.

Things Helpful for Salvation (C.S. Lewis)

I am beyond a Raving Fan of C. S. Lewis. 
There are few writers who weave together the gifts of imagination, affection, intellect, will and action as C. S. Lewis. This year I am reading lots of Lewis and many books about Lewis.

Leadership teacher and author, Bobby Clinton, recommends that leaders have historic mentors. A historic mentor is someone from the past. You access their wisdom by reading and reflecting on their life and work. I have done that for many leaders over the years (including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa like Nelson Mandela). I have done in-depth study and learning from the great theologians and writers on spirituality, like Ignatius of Loyola, Augustine, Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Owens, Wesley, Eugene Peterson and Peter Kreeft (the last two being contemporary authors).

Over the years I have read quite a bit of Lewis and from time to time would read a book about him. This year I am reading a dozen or so of his books and I have a list of about twenty books about Lewis. 

He is Building Himself a Palace


And you thought you were going to be a decent little cottage...!
C. S. Lewis quote, building a palace
In other words - God's plan and vision for what HE WILL DO IN YOU

C. S. Lewis: Of whom it could be said...

CS Lewis headshotAs I continue in the early days of 2014, with my C. S. Lewis project/focus, I am reading a very nice and accessible book - The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis by Terry Glaspy. In fact, this book is so good, that if you want to read ONE introduction to the life and thoughts of Lewis, I recommend this one. It is many short chapters (2-4 pages). Their brevity and clarity make them easy to read and easy to progress through the book.

In finishing the section devoted to Lewis' life, Glaspey has this to say about the man and his legacy:

A firm commitment to orthodoxy
A scintillating wit
A logical mind
An ever-fresh imagination
A man surrendered to God
In love with life
Ready to share all he could with others.

Jesus - Moderate Responses - NOT ALLOWED


I am reading a lot of C.S. Lewis in recent weeks. One of his famous arguments is Jesus - Liar, Lord or Lunatic. Those are the three options. What IS NOT AN OPTION is Jesus as a nice guy, a good man, an interesting teacher. That is to reduce Jesus to something the Gospels never present as an option.

Jesus claims to be God… to be Lord… to be Savior… to be One With God… to speak the Words of God… to reveal God… And He sets forth dramatic invitations that require a response.

If Jesus is a liar or a lunatic… avoid him at all costs. Have nothing to do with him.

Tim Keller and John Piper talk about C.S. Lewis


It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to exaggerate how much I like C.S. Lewis. Every year I re-read several of my favorite Lewis books. Every year I read one or two new books about Lewis. The great book this year was the new one by Alistar McGrath (see the image to the right),  In recent months I decided to create  Pinterest Board full of favorite Lewis quotes. It is an evolving board. You can see those images by clicking here.

Joy is the Serious Business


Of Heaven... and of Earth
One of C. S. Lewis' core themes was joy. Joy that included delight, desire and longing. Lewis believed that heaven was full of joy. That joy was so integral to heaven, it was to seen as the "serious business of heaven," -- to be joyfu.

So, when we pray the Lord's prayer:

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