Here are some of my favorite articles from around the web this week:
1) “The Glory of Plodding” by Kevin DeYoung
This old post from DeYoung fits along with some of the ideas I put forward in last weekend’s sermon. It’s worth reading as DeYoung aims to encourage Christians to be faithful in the small and mundane before they start expecting to do the outstanding for God. A great quote from the article: Until we are content with being one of the million nameless, faceless church members and not the next globe-trotting rock star, we aren’t ready to be a part of the church.
2) “Is the Eternal Generation of the Son Really a Biblical Idea?” by Justin Taylor
Taylor quotes two theologians in defense of the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son. I agree with Taylor that this is an important doctrine and worthy of our continued support and defense in the modern church. Sadly it is being denied and undermined in much contemporary theology today, that, in part, is why you should read this concise little post.
3) “You’re a Calvinist, Right?” by John Starke
This beautiful interview with theologian Fred Sanders is worth your time. All Calvinists need to read this as it does a great job of warming hearts to opposing viewpoints and seeing that the differences between Calvinists and Arminians are not nearly as vast as is sometimes suggested. I love Fred Sanders. His book on The Deep Things of God is one of the best theological works I’ve read in the last two years. I am grateful for the few conversations I have gotten to have with him.
4) “Considering (and Surviving) Unhealthy Christian Organizations, Part Three” by Ed Stetzer
This whole series has been interesting. In this part Stetzer challenges organizations to own their unhealthy nature if it’s there and to do regular analysis. Having worked in some organizations in the past that I thought were unhealthy I can resonate with this post. I particularly liked this quote from Stetzer: If no one can say to the leader, “there are issues,” well, then, there are issues.
5) “Merida’s hair in ‘Brave’ is an animation sensation” by Bryan Alexander
My wife always says that for women fixing their hair can be a real challenge. Who knew the same was true for animated women? This little piece from USA Today reveals the breakthrough work that Pixar did in their digital work on the main character’s curly red locks.
6) “Pornopoly” by Dave Dunham
I wrote a piece for The Gospel Coalition on the way in which porn has monopolized all our cultural discussions and expressions of sexuality.