This Week’s Good Reads

If you’re looking for something good to read you might try one of these articles:

1) “He’s Watching that in Public? Pornography Takes the Next Seat” by Matt Richtel

This piece takes a snapshot look at the intrusion of pornographic viewing into public life. It discusses the reality of people watching porn at the library, on the airplane, and in the cafe and raises questions about policing those who do it, and protecting those who don’t want to see it. Is further censorship the right call? Is criminalizing it reasonable? It could be a good case study in handling the conflict between personal and public rights.

2) “Why is Love so Stupid?” by Ed Welch

Ed Welch is one of my favorite professional counselors for CCEF. His writings are always illuminating and Biblically saturated. Here, in this piece, he discusses how do we handle people who insist on marrying someone that everyone knows is bad news. His answer is also fresh, he says “I don’t know.” But then he gives us some helpful tips for our approach to the subject. He writes: But godly wisdom isn’t intimidated when we are at the end of ourselves. In fact, that is when godly wisdom begins its work. Wisdom begins with humble dependence on the Giver of Wisdom.

3) “I Wish Every Church Said What This Church Says In Their Bulletin” by Jon Acuff

This is neat. Acuff found a church bulletin that did a phenomenal job at welcoming…well, everyone! Check it out.

4) “Jonathan Merritt Shares His Story” by Ed Stetzer

In a recent blog for The Atlantic, Jonathan Merritt wrote on why he supported Chick-Fil-A. In lieu of that blog a firestorm hailed down on him, largely accusing him of being a closet homosexual and a hypocrite. Here Merritt confesses to his own struggles with homosexuality and tells his side of the story. He strikes me as a faithful Christian brother, and I am grateful for his willingness to share that story and for Ed’s providing him a platform on which to do it.

5) “What is Real vs. What I Feel” by C.J. Mahaney

In this little five-minute interview David Powlison, a well-respected Biblical scholar, talks about how the danger of trusting in our feelings. He especially addresses the subject of giving our feelings authority. Worthy of your time.

6) “Batman, Dickens, and Resurrection” by Brett McCracken

This fantastic film review of The Dark Knight Rises looks at the arc of the story through the influences of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. He discusses the ways in which the themes of hope and resurrection play out in both. WARNING: Spoilers are all over this article, so if you haven’t seen the movie don’t read it!

7) “The Dark Knight Rises and Truth Has Its Day” by Nick Olson

Olson writes a beautiful review of the film for Christ and Pop Culture in which he sees the final film in the trilogy as a pointer to the value of truth and righteousness over evil and deceit. I love this review. WARNING: as in the last article this one contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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