Weight of Glory

C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (1949)

Apr 29, 2022

Lewis as Preacher: “Learning in War-Time,” “The Weight of Glory,” and “Transposition”

“We always have to answer the question: How can you be so frivolous and selfish to think of anything by the salvation of human souls?” During World War II, C.S. Lewis preached three sermons which were eventually packaged and published along with six others in 1949 as The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses. In this week’s episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing discuss the spiritual significance and application of “The Weight of Glory,” “Learning in War-Time,” and “Transpositions,” as well as how they apply to our war-plagued world today.

May 13, 2022

The Dangers of Individualism and Cliques: C.S. Lewis’s essays, “Inner Ring” and “Membership”

“As long as you are governed by that desire you will never get what you want. … Until you conquer the fear of being an outsider, an outsider you will remain.” In C.S. Lewis’s essays—”The Inner Ring” and “Membership”—he unpacks two dangerous social forces that threaten both the church and the morality of Christians: individualism and cliques. This week Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing continue their examination of Lewis’s powerful essays and sermons published as The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses in 1948. How does our desire to belong, to be considered meaningful to others, warp and distort not only our heart but our actions. How do they so easily turn good people into “scoundrels?” And what can we do to overcome these temptations?

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