The Birth of Narnia and Why Tolkien Hated It – Sunday Share from Harry Lee Poe

Many of us have loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the rest of the Narnia series of fantasy books by C.S. Lewis for so long we just assume they have always existed and were inevitable.  Behind the books, however, is a story of the fight to get them written.  The partnership between Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien is widely known, but less known is that one of the reasons Lewis had trouble writing Narnia was discouraging objections from his friends.  One said that “the children wearing fur coats since it seemed an endorsement of the fur trade and the murder of all the innocent animals needed to make such a coat,” while Tolkien himself criticized the story for not fitting the conventions of the genre.

What if Aslan didn’t exist?

In the article linked here and below, Harry Lee Poe, a professor at Union University, shares these stories and more about how Lewis persisted in writing and “experienced a renewal of his imaginative power.”  Each of us is a marvelous work of a powerful Creator, designed to represent Him in this world.  As you read the article, “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).  Is there a world of Narnia trying to come out of each of us?

(Estimated reading time 7 minutes)

I discovered this article through fellow blogger Barbara Harper, who posts a weekly list of good reads on Saturday.

Becoming a People – Sunday Share from C. Christopher Smith

Dear fellow travelers,

Today’s “Sunday Share” comes from C. Christopher Smith, who writes that “Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount were not meant primarily for us as individuals. Rather, they offer a vision of what maturity in Christ looks like for our church communities.”  He suggests that churches that practice “stability, conversation, and rhythms of work and Sabbath” equip their members to “follow in the patient way of Jesus.”

What practices help your church community develop disciples?

Full article linked below.
(Estimated reading time 8 minutes)

Don’t Waste Your Sin – Sunday Share from Steve Brown

Dear fellow travelers,

Today’s “Sunday Share” comes from Steve Brown, founder of Key Life Network.  In the article shared below Steve writes about how “since your sin is already paid for, why not own it and use it?  The apostle Peter is our model here (and he’s a good one). We love Peter, not because he’s so good, but because he’s so human and sinful.”

Sunday Share from Blogger Mama Lava – Helpful Little Hack of the Hour: Your Face

Dear fellow travelers,

Sundays here are now “Sunday Share.”  The post below is a clever piece of advice on how to use something everyone has – their face – as a reminder to practice gratitude in everyday living.  Mama Lava has been posting daily “hacks” to encourage and entertain her readers and this is one of my favorites!

Empty People – Empty Churches: Sunday Share from Dave Peever

Dear fellow travelers,

Sundays here are now “Sunday Share,” but the post for today isn’t ready, so for now it’s “Saturday Share.”  Today’s post comes from pastor, author and blogger Dave Peever. It’s a searching and thought-provoking piece on why attendance is declining in American churches.

He writes: “Many of our church leaders and attendees are empty people who have replaced compassion, community and commitment with butts in the seats, bucks in the bank and broadening their sphere of influence.”

Read the full post below:

I see no need to attend church. I know it sounds crazy coming from a pastor but the truth is I have trouble giving a good reason to show up every Sunday let alone throughout the week. I am referring to the congregation of course, if I don’t show up I won’t have a job.

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