This Week’s Good Reads

If you want something good to read this weekend, might I suggest one of these articles:

1) “Walking While Black” by Frances Cudjoe Waters

This absolutely moving piece from an African-American mother discusses her fears of watching her young boys grow up into men and having the same fate as Trayvon Martin. She writes that only prayer can protect her bright, funny, sweet boys as they walk while being black. Read it and pray with her.

2) “Flee Youthful Passions – Like Arguing Too Much” by Justin Taylor

Here Justin Taylor highlights a few excerpts from an interview with Philip Jensen. In the interview Jensen discusses his youthful love of arguing and how the Scriptures compelled him to put that away. It’s a good reflection on what is often a problem for young theologians. I know I was there when I first started getting into theology, and it has only been because of the grace of God that I’ve lost interest in debate. Check it out, especially if you were anything like me as a young seminarian.

3) “Ohio Takes UNC To Overtime Before Tar Heels Prevail” by Associated Press

This article will be a surprise to friends. I am not a sports guy, at least not very much of one, but I had to post this piece because it is about my alma mater. The Ohio University Bobcats made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1967. It’s a big deal for our college and even though we lost in overtime to UNC, we played hard and made a good run. So I wanted to show my support.

4) “4 Things To Remember While in Seminary” by Trevin Wax

Having been through my seminary experience I can relate to the advice that Wax gives here. It was very easy in seminary to become an arrogant elitist. It’s a problem I still see with young men who are studying theology and getting their first tastes of all the deep things of God. It’s easy to lose sight of the importance of the church, of passionate desire for God, and humble appreciation of those “saints without PhDs.” I really appreciated Trevin’s concern for young seminarians here and I recommend this article to you, especially if you’re a young seminarian or planning on becoming one.

5) “The Trayvon Martin Gangasta Picture that the Media Doesn’t Want You to See?” by Alan Noble

This is a very important article to read by one of my favorite writers, Alan Noble. Here Noble highlights the despicable and indeed racist behavior of those who designed and propagated the lie that Trayvon Martin was actually a thug and that the media is shielding us from the truth. Noble does his homework here. He finds the origins of the photos, and looks carefully at what their existence and spread across the internet says about intelligent discourse regarding race in the Internet age. Very thoughtful piece, and an important read in light of all that is going on around this story.

6) “The Real Boundaries of the Bible Belt” by Richard Florida

Florida, an American urban studies theorist, that I’ve only recently come to follow. I enjoy many of his writings and studies. In this piece in The Atlantic he comments on the newly released religiosity data from Gallup. Discussing the distinctive features of the Bible belt we find some interesting things going on in relation to the popularity of religion in the South, and its lack of popularity on other parts of the country. Some common denominators are politics, education, and economics. Florida is quick to point out that the survey merely shows correlation, not causation, but it’s interesting data for church researchers and Christians to note.

7) “After the Final Kill – A Special Episode of “The Hunger Games” by Nick Olson

An absolutely brilliant and helpful analysis of The Hunger Games. Olson asks the right questions and speculates about the adaptation of the film from the book. Worth a read if you’ve seen the movie. Be forewarned though, there are spoilers.

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