This Week’s Good Reads

morning paperEvery week I collect some interesting articles from around the web. Check them out, there might be something here you’ll want to read:

1. Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham

I didn’t watch the debate. If I am being honest, nothing interests me less than watching to poorly qualified men preach to their respective choirs about the origin of the earth. Pastor Matt Rawlings agrees. Brad Williams watched the debate and it “kind of bummed” him out. James Hoskins cautions us that this is all probably more of an American spectacle than an actual conversation. Al Mohler, on the other hand, watched it and comments here on the clash of worldviews behind it.

2. “Making God’s House Into A Home: An Interview with Spiritual Friendship’s Wesley Hill” by Martyn Jones

Wesley Hill is a beautiful writer. As a self-identified Gay Christian committed to Biblical sexuality he has a unique position to write on issues of homosexuality, friendship, and traditional Christian ethics. Here, Martyn Jones interviews Hill on a number of different subjects. This is a wonderful read.

3. “Sneering Calvinists” by Derek Rishmawy

Derek has written an important caution to Calvinists, warning those who embrace the label to also embrace humility and sensitivity. This is not something Calvinists have always been great at in the Neo-Calvinist resurgence of the 21st century.

4. “The Most Damaging Attitude In Our Churches”  by Cara Joyner

I need this. Cynicism is dangerous, unhealthy, and doesn’t look like Jesus, says Joyner. This is a good word for us all.

5. “In Praise of the Popular Story” by Alan Noble

Noble talks to us about the value of a good story. He unpacks why going to the movies is often so frustrating for us, because movies are either aesthetically deep and depressing or they are poorly written and distracting. Noble reminds us that we need good stories and recommends a few.

6. “Pastors Need Pastors” by Dave Dunham

Here’s a piece I wrote for The Southern Ohio Pastors Coalition on the need for pastors to have continual discipleship. Pastors are just like every other Christian, they need to be cared for, held accountable, and discipled.

 

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