Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

Lewis at Desk Congratulations! You're tuned in to the premiere podcast of our newest show, The Kindlings Muse @ The CS Lewis Centre. In this segment we discuss Lewis' unfrantic spirituality with Kim Gilnett of Seattle Pacific University (SPU) and a leading light in the CS Lewis world. Kim led the restoration project at The Kilns, CS Lewis home in Oxford. Here's the quote voiced by British actor Anton Rodgers: "The English style of spirituality is a rhythm of worship, work, reading, and leisure. This is an un-frantic response to God who is, as Lewis insisted, always a courteous Lord. Life-style is revealed by the use of time: what is given place and space; what is included and what, therefore, is excluded. What we see in Lewis is the steady place of his parish church; the quiet regularity of his Bible-reading and prayers; the natural large place for his main work of study and writing; the large blocks of time for leisurely conversations with special friends; and the importance of letter writing, especially with those who sought his help in the mater of Christian pilgrimage For all of his immense output of literary work, his life is marked by a spacious, un-frantic rhythm of worship, work, conversation, availability, and intimacy." This show is produced in cooperation with SPU and Faith and Values Media.

8 Responses

  1. If you’re no longer going to think about yourself, what does it mean to love your neighbor as you love yourself?

  2. How does Lewis compare with the frantic life of John Wesley?

  3. Given our frantic celebrity mad culture today. how would CS Lewis have felt about becoming a “spiritual commodity” of sorts?

  4. How does the 3rd world grow a life rhythm? How does a compartmentalized secluded life even get considered as a valuable way to live? What about a holistic life?

  5. For workers in public service (i.e. teaching, administrative) they do not have control of much of their time like Lewis had in his work. How would he respond to these kinds of pressures and still maintain the spiritual rhythm?

  6. For Americans, what does it mean to give up some materialism in exchange for a rhythm to life? How much of it is self-imposed? Put another way, gain the whole world but lose your soul?

  7. After many years of research in mountain hamlets of SW China, I see little evidence that suggests 2/3-worlders in these villages are frantic or fragmented. Quite the opposite in the countryside it seems. In fact, lives are marked by rhythms as natural and primordial as the hours, days, moons, and seasons. Yes, these dear ones have little time or budget for comfortable leisure or the trappings of convenience; the daily toil is heavy, and there are few who are literate, but much potential still exists in such circumstances for knowing the Holy–possibly even more (since, e.g., pre-literates are seldom cursed with debilitating introspection). Jenny Spore (sp?) briefly mentioned that cooking meals from scratch for her family should be considered a rhythmic act of worship on par with focussed prayer. I couldn’t agree more. That theme alone could be developed into a series of relevant shows. Think Tozer’s “Sacrament of Living” and Eugene Peterson’s more recent /Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places/. . .

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