This Week’s Good Reads

If you’re looking for something good to read then might I recommend these articles:

1) “Agonies of an Archbishop” by Ross Douthat

This post discussing the reality of a changing religious culture within Anglicanism and the weird moves and positions of its current, and outgoing, Archbishop Rowan Williams. Purely an interesting piece.

2) “A Woman is Nearly Murdered Outside Our Church Building, But...” by Matt Rawlings

I am honored to serve this church as associate pastor, and here our senior pastor discusses a terrible incident that happened just this last week outside our church building. In the process, however, he also points to the ways in which God is working through our young men and our East End Ministry to reach out to the prostitutes in need. Please be in prayer for these servants, and for this poor woman in need.

3) “Abloom in Brooklyn, NY” by Marina Chetner

Call me a Hipster if you must, but I loved this collection of photos and inviting captions about the blossoming floral-life of the emerging spring around Brooklyn.

4) “Michael Bay Taking ‘Mutant’ Out of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ in Reboot” by Claudine Zap

I was a major fanboy of the Ninja Turtles growing up. I invaded the Technodrome on a daily basis for a few years. This reboot of the classic 80s cartoon/90s movie is going to be utterly disappointing I suspsect…as are almost all of Michael Bay’s poorly written, explosion driven films. But this turtles’-fan-sensitive piece is kind of funny.

5) “Creativity, Excellence…and Patience” by Justin Taylor

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately regarding good creative work, perhaps I am hoping it will amount to significant changes in my creative levels. In this piece Justin Taylor highlights two professions who discuss the importance of patient perseverance in developing as a writer. A video featuring Ira Glass and an excerpt from Thomas Lake point to the importance of suffering through bad work in order to continue to develop as a writer. Thanks for enduring my bad work here as I continue to develop.

6) “An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts” by Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor asks all the important questions that most of us would want to ask of a brilliant New Testament textual critic. Wallace is “Evangelicalism’s premier active textual critic,” and this is an insightful interview worth your time.

7) “Read These Seven Books, and You’ll be a Better Writer” by Donald Miller

Miller simply gives an annotated book list here, but each book on the list looks intriguing. I’ve read the first two, but I am looking into the others. Check it out, especially if you’re a writer.

8) “Why Water Matters” by Roxanne Weiman

This interview with Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water, is an insightful look at the orginazations plans, procedures, and goal. It’s also a very inspirational piece that points to the possibility of solving the a country’s water deficit problem. Harrison says it’s all possible. I believe him.

9) “Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Gospel” by John Piper

Piper speaks often against racism, and in this piece he is speaking about what we should all be speaking about: the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. It seems clear that the seventeen-year-old boy was shot due to racial hostility, but little is being done to argue the assaliants “self-defense” plea. Piper speaks to this issue and more important demonstrates how the gospel relates to scenarios like this. This case is not just one man’s case, it is the case for all those “in the body”. It is a case that should make all Christians, especially, sit up take notice. We should call for justice, and Piper writes, we should start by looking in our own hearts.

10) “White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious” by Michael Skolnik

Antoher piece on the tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s death. Here, GlobalGrind editor Michael Skolnik discusses the fact that far too many white people take for granted the priviledges that we merit simply for being white. And he, like me, is white and he, unlike many of his white friends, is standing up and using those priviledges to cry out against what has happened in Florida. It’s a really important read in my opinion.

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