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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Lenten Sermon Series & Book Groups With Dr. Jim Keck
March 5-26, 2017
In 1941 C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters, a brief satirical novel in the form of letters from a devil named Screwtape, who is acting as a mentor to his nephew, Wormwood, an inexperienced tempter. Screwtape gives Wormwood advice on methods of undermining faith and promoting sin, and interspersed are observations on human nature and Christian doctrine.
Although Lewis makes it clear in the preface that he does not believe in a literal Devil—a singular force of evil opposed to God—he does believe in devils, that is, multiple forces that seek to turn us away from good.
It’s not 1941, and we are not living in a satirical novel, but we are facing temptations that are trying to turn us aside from our best selves. There are forces at play that seek to lower the bar to the level of the crass and egoistic.
During Lent, First-Plymouth will join together in to small book groups to study The Screwtape Letters. Dr. Jim Keck will also offer a sermon series based on C.S. Lewis’ novel and we will confront together as a congregation all the things that seek to diminish the Good and True and Just.
Join a Lenten Book Group
Listed to the right are groups of various times, dates, and locations to suit your schedule and availability. Contact any of the group leaders to let them know you’ll be attending and for exact meeting location. The groups will meet for four weeks starting the week of March 6. If you can’t make it to a group, start your own group—just discuss in your home with your family and friends. We also still need some additional group leaders. To volunteer to host contact email@example.com.
Books are for sale ($11) after worship services on Sunday, at Wednesday Night Live, or in the church office building during the week to request a copy.