This Week’s Good Reads

morning paperHere are a number of great articles that I found interesting from around the web this week. I am sure that you can find something here worth reading too.

1. “John MacArthur and Stranger Fire” by John Piper and Tony Reinke

In this audio John Piper responds to statements made by Pastor John MacArthur at the Strange Fire Conference.

2. “The New Issue of Credo Magazine is Here

The newest issue of this fantastic theological magazine is on Biblical Theology. For all my Free Seminary students this would be a great issue to thumb through. Of particular interest to me is the article in which five theologians discuss what they have learned about the storyline of the Bible.

3. “Walking with the Dead: The Immanence of God in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Dave Dunham

My weekly reflections on this fascinating television show was picked up by Christ and Pop Culture this week as its own weekly column. In this particular edition I address Herschel’s faith as discussed in last week’s episode.

4. “The Simple Answers That Get Asked About Every New Technology” by xkcd

This is a funny web comic that attempts to answer the common questions that everyone asks about every new technology.

5. “Barton and Copeland: The Bible Says Soldiers Should Not Suffer from PTSD” by Joe Carter

I cannot stand David Barton, and here he teams up with Kenneth Copeland to perpetuate more of this “blame the victim” rhetoric so common in our culture. Add to it that they twist the Scriptures to support their view and you’ve got an even more egregious error. I am thankful that Joe Carter has taken time to respond to them and point out their failure and encourage Evangelicals to stop listening to these men.

6. “From NANC to ACBC: A Word from the ACBC Executive Director Concerning the Name Change” by Heath Lambert

Dr. Lambert explains the name change. I like it.

7. “You Were Made for More than Safety” by Derek Rishmawy

A review of Owen Strachan’s new book Risky Gospel. Derek tells us here that while Owen resounds the familiar call to die to self and live to Christ, his is not a simply another version of David Platt’s Radical. Read the full review here at Christianity Today.

8. “We are Far to Easily Displeased” by Jon Bloom

Grumbling is a gauge of the soul, it reveals our own unrealistic expectations. Here Bloom argues that grumbling is the accent of hell and that to fulfill the command of Scripture to do all things without grumbling means we have to take our eyes off of ourselves and focus them on Jesus. This article serves as a good reminder to me.

9. “Missing Housemates” by Wesley Hill

This is a beautiful piece on the nature of enduring friendship and those qualities that help to cultivate it. The quality of time and personal invasion that often go unspoken in developing relationships need to be more carefully considered as we strive for maintaining and cultivating friendships. With our recent move I know all too well the longings for “old friends,” and the frustrations that come with trying to develop new relationships. Hill reminds us all here what we loved about those old relationships, and the need for patience and commitment in making new ones.

10. “Ayn Rand Didn’t Understand Capitalism. Or Altruism. Or Christianity. Or Reality” by Joe Carter

I’ve never been a big Rand fan. I first ran into her work in college and then later when I was teaching at the collegiate level. My limited exposure to her was never very inviting, so I ignored her as much as I could. She always struck me as a bit reductionist, but here Carter, a former disciple of Rand’s, exposes in more detailed ways some of the weaknesses of her philosophy. This is worth a read as so many people seem to carry Rand in their back pocket these days. It won’t resolve everything, but it might be a good starting place for those less familiar with Rand.

11. “Brain a ‘Creativity Machine,’ If You Use It Right” by Karen Weintraub

Creativity is a process, and you can cultivate it if you know the right practices in which to indulge.

12. “How Lewis Lit the Way to Better Apologetics” by Michael Ward

Ward draws our attention to Lewis as a poet, in the old sense of the word. Here he discusses Lewis’ aptitude at defending the faith in the dramatic, poetic fashion and calls us to learn from Lewis’ example. The path to reasonable faith begins with story and imagination, he says.

13. “Inheritance and Invention: Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal” by Casey N. Cep

A fascinating look at the tension between conventional prayers and personal inventive prayers in the journal of O’Connor.

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