If you’re looking for a way to pass time this weekend, you might try reading some of these great articles from around the web.
1) “My Heroes Live in South Sudan” by Justin Holcomb
This is a captivating overview of the Christian chaplains serving in South Sudan, in the midst of all sorts of war and national despair. The author, who has had years of first-hand experience with these pastors, points to their courage and faithfulness, as well as to signs of hope. It’s really a powerful picture of Christ-like servanthood. Read the post, appreciate the example, and pray for the people.
2) “Mission Impossible: My Five Year Reunion With Missional and Emergent” by Ted Kluck
The new Credo Magazine, which is a great publication and is completely free, has this new article on the brands “missional” and “emergent.” It’s a thoughtful, witty piece that reflects on our own tendencies to adopt brands and labels more out of what they do for us than out of our sincere commitment to what they actually mean (if they could actually be defined).
3) “Colleges and Elitism” by Andrew Delbanco
Just last week I was having a conversation with one of our college students about some of the problems with higher education in our current model. This piece, picking up on a comment made by Rick Santorum, addresses one particular and recurring criticism. It highlights the ways in which college education has changed from its original intent at its founding here in America. I think so much about the current educational failures and weaknesses needs to be discussed these days, so read this article and discuss away.
4) “The Sensational Archaeologists” by James K. Hoffmeier
Offering a critique of the motivations of archeologist James Tabor, who has claimed to discover the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth, Hoffmeier articulates the standard practice for publishing archeological findings. This insightful piece doesn’t just give us an idea about the inner-workings of this piece, but it raises the question why would someone in that field go around the standard protocol. Hoffmeier proposes a reason.
5) “When A U.S. Soldier Slaughters Civillians” by Alan Noble
Alan Noble has written a thoughtful piece reflecting on the reality of national responisibility in this tragedy. He points to the threat of psycological and moral casualities in war, and the reality of racism at home as evidence for national reevaluation. As usual Alan writes with impecable insight and this is worth you reading.
6) “11 Questions To Discern A Judgmental Heart” by Trevin Wax
Dangit, Trevin! These are important reminders that my sin is still my biggest problem. Whatever anyone else does to me, whatever sin others have, my biggest issue is still me. Check out this list and take the time to evaluate yourself.
7) “How to Be a Christian Grown-Up” by Aaron Justice Chung
Witty, insightful, and important. This article from Relevant Magazine encourages young Christians to grow up and move from spiritual infancy to maturity. With some simple steps Chung gives us some stage by stage strategy for leaving behind the platitudes and bumper sticker theology and grow in our knowledge of God.
8) “Religion and the Social Crisis” by Ross Douthat
In this intriguing article in the NY Times the author postulates that the current failures of social conservatism lies in the individualistic trends among the Christian church in America. I am not sure what to think about all of it just yet, but I certainly think there’s a point to be made about the religious isolationism of our current culture. I’ll be chewing on this piece for a couple of days to be sure.