This Week’s Good Reads

morning paperEach week I compile a list of interesting articles from around the web. Here is this week’s list; you’re bound to find something interesting here:

1. “How to Weight Doctrines for Christian Unity” by Joe Rigney

Here the author helps us to thinking about the types of distinction between doctrines of “first importance” and those of seemingly less significance, all with the goal that we might better strive for unity among the church. The article is not quite as helpful as it claims to be, but it at least shows us the complexity and depth of unity.

2. “The New Masters of the Universe” by Paul Glader

HBO has a new comedy about the silicon valley entrepreneurs, start-ups, and tech tycoons. Here Glader examines the creator’s keen eye for exposing the nuance and humor of the valley. What I’ve seen of the show I enjoy, it’s pretty funny and insightful, like a more realistic Big Bang Theory.

3. “A Left-Wing Complimentarian” by John Frame

I love Frame and I love this expression of complimentarianism. Here he calls himself “left-wing” in the sense that he does not agree with those who say that women cannot teach in the church, even while he denies that women can be elders. I have called myself a “soft complimentarian” for the very same reasons. This is a good reminder that we ought not to say more than Scripture says, even while we rightly do not want to say less than Scripture says.

4. “A Piece of My Life…You Can Pretend You Were There” by Krista Dunham

My lovely wife shares a deep part of her own story in this post. Here she recounts her struggle with destructive habits in college and how the Lord helped to lead her through those difficulties. I am so proud of her for sharing this and for then sharing it on her blog. Read, be encouraged, be challenged.

5. “5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People” by Brian Hedges

My friend Brian has compiled a good list of details to help us reflect on as we encounter difficult people. What is written here is specifically aimed at pastors, but it’s applicable to all of us regardless of role.

6. “When Biography Shapes Theology” by Gregory Alan Thornbury

I read as much of Greg Thornbury’s work as I can and this is exemplar of his skill, nuance, and insight. Here he walks readers through the story of Friedrich Nietzsche to demonstrate the powerful influence that biography has on shaping our theology. He notes, in addition, just how poor a substitute for real prolegomena it is.

7. “Female and Made in My Father’s Image” by Karen Swallow Prior

“Just because I am a ‘She’ doesn’t mean the Creator I reflect has to be,” so writes my Karen. In this piece she does a great job of addressing the latest internet theology kerfuffle. But, as with much of her writing, Karen’s piece has deeper value than just addressing this topic. This is a beautiful reminder that God gets to define himself and a high view of Scripture means we do not have the freedom to call him by another name. This is a good piece, worthy of your time, friends.

8. “Money: A servant, not a master” by Brett McCracken

Good thoughts on balancing our relationship to money Biblically. McCracken writes, “money can be a partner, and not just a pest, in our spiritual formation. As long as money is less a master over us than a servant we steward for the sake of others, it can also make the world a better place.”

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