This Week’s Good Reads

morning paperThis week was my 10 year anniversary so, needless to say, I didn’t get a lot of reading done while on vacation. But, nonetheless, here’s the list; there might be something here that interests you too:

1. “#HowOldWereYou: Origins of a Heartbreaking Hashtag” by Karen Swallow Prior

Karen writes a heartbreaking piece about the reality that the sexual assault of minors is not uncommon. She is, in part, responding to a recent article by Leadership Journal which ran a piece about a youth pastor who became a child molester. The piece lacked a great deal of awareness and sensitivity and was roundly criticized. Thankfully LJ apologized and retracted the piece, but Karen’s piece is helpful in light of its aftermath. She urges us, “Let us ever be horrified at every form of abuse—but let us stop being shocked.”

2. “Theology of Work Project

I stumbled upon this new website which aims to bring a Biblical perspective to work, and develop more clearly the relationship between work and faith. Check it out, friends.

3. “The Voices of the Father and the Son” by Fred Sanders

Sanders is doing some of the best work in the area of the doctrine of the Trinity. This article over at Scriptorium is no exception. Here Sanders explains what is often termed “exegetical work distinguishing the voices of the triune godhead in Scripture. Sanders sets up the motivation to understand this subject well when he writes:

To interpret the Bible correctly, one of the skills you need to develop is the ability to discern the voices of God the Father and God the Son, speaking about each other and to each other, in the words of the Old Testament. Without this skill, a reader will fail to perceive many things, and will misconstrue much of what is perceived.

4. “On Daughters and Dating: How to Intimidate Suitors” by Jen Wilkin

Yes to everything Wilkin says here! The best tactic for protecting my daughter against terrible dates is raising her up to be a godly, discerning, and “intimidating” girl! She writes:

Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own. Because, you know what’s intimidating? Strength and dignity. Deep faith. Self-assuredness. Wisdom. Kindness. Humility. Industriousness. Those are the bricks that build the wall that withstands the advances of old Slouchy-Pants, whether you ever show up with your Winchester locked and loaded or not. The unsuitable suitor finds nothing more terrifying than a woman who knows her worth to God and to her family.

This might be the best thing I’ve read on the internet in a whole month!

5. “When Callings Clash” by Melissa Kruger

A fresh look at “submission” as active obedience to God, and as something all Christians are called to (not women uniquely). I still think clarification on “submission” within marriage is needed, but this is a good starter for further conversation.

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