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Some Updates

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : December 11, 2005

The Mission:Think homepage has been updated.  I changed the design and added some information.  I’d appeciate any feedback, so follow the link above and let me know what you think.

The web address for this blog is now vans.missionthink.com, though you can still use the old URL to get here. 

Check out the conference website during the next week, we should be adding our breakout session presenters for the conference.  Submission deadline is the 15th, though I think we may still have 2 openings that need to be filled after the 15th.

If you are interested in being a part of a new campus ministry at the University of Minnesota, let me know.  I’m going to start working with InterVarsity in January on a joint venture between IV and Missio Dei.  We’ll pretty much have the freedom to shape it as we see fit.

The Narnia movie disappointed me.  I don’t think it is humanly possible to adapt the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe successfully to film.  It was an ok film–but it wasn’t great.  I expect that they’ll have the best luck adapting Prince Caspian, The Silver Chair, a Horse and His Boy, and the Magician’s Nephew to film.  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the Last Battle will be even harder to adapt than the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, in my opinion.

By the way…my order of preference for the Chronicles of Narnia is as follows:

  1. The Horse and His Boy
  2. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  3. Prince Caspian
  4. The Magician’s Nephew
  5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  6. The Last Battle
  7. The Silver Chair

I realize that my #1 is an odd choice, but although it is the least integral to the overall Narnia plot-line, it is the best story.  It is full of archetypes and we see glimpses of Aslan that we don’t find elsewhere; it is a profoundly theological book.

Dawn Treader is a close second–I love Eustice’s "conversion."  Eustice is my favorite character in the whole series.

Prince Caspian works off of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe beautifully.  I love the idea of regaining lost knowledge.  And I love the character of Prince Caspian–who is my 2nd favorite character and is in 3 of the books–he is the only character we follow from childhood to death.  "Caspian" is a pet name that my wife calls me in letters.

The Magician’s Nephew is a great book too…it is worth a read if only for the "creation" account.  It answers alot of the questions raised in earlier books…especially the Lion, the WItch and the Wardrobe.  I don’t care what others may say…you should read this book 6th, rather than 1st.  It may be chronologically first, but it was written 6th.  I think it is better to read in the order Lewis imagined them.

for further reading . . .

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