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Distraction, Focus & Questions

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These are slides for a lesson about chapter 25 in C.S. Lewis' book, "The Screwtape Letters," presented to the Friday Morning Men's Group at First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, on August 12, 2011.

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Distraction, Focus & Questions

  1. 1. Chapter 25 Distraction, Focus & Questions by Wesley Fryer eyesright.speedofcreativity.org Twitter: @wfryerThursday, August 11, 11
  2. 2. www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/2959807121Thursday, August 11, 11
  3. 3. Thursday, August 11, 11
  4. 4. “The real trouble about the set your patient is living in is that it is merely Christian...What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in a state of mind I call ‘Christianity And’.”Thursday, August 11, 11
  5. 5. “If they must be Christians let them at least be Christianswith a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashionwith a Christian coloring. Work on their horror of the Same Old Thing.”Thursday, August 11, 11
  6. 6. www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/4394932886Thursday, August 11, 11 fashion or faith?
  7. 7. www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/4394933478Thursday, August 11, 11 fashion or faith?
  8. 8. fashion or faith? www.flickr.com/photos/viknanda/Thursday, August 11, 11
  9. 9. “The horror of the Same Old Thing is one of the most valuable passions we have produced in the human heart... He [God] has balanced the love of change in them by a love of permanence.”Thursday, August 11, 11
  10. 10. sins “...just as we pick out and exaggerate the pleasure of eating to produce gluttony, so we pick out this natural pleasantness of change and twist it into a demand for absolute novelty.”Thursday, August 11, 11
  11. 11. www.flickr.com/photos/henryjose/5532604826 changing fashionsThursday, August 11, 11
  12. 12. www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/3231168533marketing dissatisfactionThursday, August 11, 11
  13. 13. “Only by our incessant efforts is the demand for infinite, or unrhyhmical, change kept up... it diminishes pleasure while increasing desire.”Thursday, August 11, 11
  14. 14. gizmodo.com/5813875/what-happens-in-60-seconds-on-the-internetThursday, August 11, 11
  15. 15. “The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers whenever there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under.”Thursday, August 11, 11
  16. 16. www.flickr.com/photos/artlung/1040728331 lose focus?Thursday, August 11, 11
  17. 17. “...the greatest triumph of all is to elevate this horror of the Same Old Thing into a philosophy so that nonsense in the intellect may reinforce corruption in the will.” (rationalizing a focus on fashion?)Thursday, August 11, 11
  18. 18. www.flickr.com/photos/hroslyn/4737429750 It’s easy to be distracted and choose distraction Thursday, August 11, 11
  19. 19. May 2010 www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZ0z5Fm-NgThursday, August 11, 11
  20. 20. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZ0z5FmThursday, August 11, 11
  21. 21. How can we maintain focus & avoid distraction?Thursday, August 11, 11
  22. 22. “The Enemy [God] loves platitudes. Of a proposed course of action He wants men, as far as I can see, to ask very simple questions; is it righteous? is it prudent? is it possible?”Thursday, August 11, 11
  23. 23. “...if we can keep men asking ‘Is it in accordance with the general movement of our time? Is it progressive or reactionary? Is this the way that History is going?’ they will neglect the relevant questions.”Thursday, August 11, 11
  24. 24. what are the simple questions? what are the prudent questions? (which help us maintain focus & avoid distraction)Thursday, August 11, 11

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