This Week’s Good Reads

morning paperHere are some interesting articles I’ve compiled from around the web. Check out the list, there’s bound to be something here that interests you.

1) “Not Our Problem: Why Collectively Ignoring Mark Driscoll Isn’t An Option” by Richard Clark

A gracious, yet honest response to the continual unraveling of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church. I appreciate so much the connection Rich makes between Driscoll’s very public mistakes and the broader Evangelical community. This is worth your time.

2) “Acts 29 Network Removes Co-Founder Mark Driscoll” by Warren Throckmorton

This is so sad. Yet, I am hopeful that it will compel Mark to true repentance and change. It is a courageous move by Chandler and the other board members, and I would fully support that decision.

3) “Counseling Triage: Where to Begin with Complex Struggles” by Brad Hambrick

Hambrick is full of insight, and this helpful guide to addressing complex struggles is just one example. It some cases it’s tough to know where to start. Hambrick gives us a simple guide for working our way through a problem with lots of layers.

4) “‘I Used To Believe X For Reason Y…’ And The Failure of Intellectual Imagination” by Derek Rishmawy

A wonderful look at the ways in which we absolutize our experience and dismiss the intellectual considerations of others. Derek always does such a great job of wrestling with these issues of existential apologetics. In this piece he is attempting to encourage us to avoid narcissistic intellectualism in our disagreements with others.

5) “Telling Stories in Our Neighborhood” by Seth McBee

This is a great description of how one simple act (moving your BBQ from the backyard to the front yard) can help to start an engaging missional community. McBee discusses here what it looks like to be the church and not simply go to church. I love this story!

6) “The Evangelical Persecution Complex” by Alan Noble

An awesome piece by my friend Alan in The Atlantic, which discusses the need for Evangelicals to more carefully consider the use of the cry of persecution, and more clearly define the term itself. Noble writes: If evangelicals want to have a persuasive voice in a pluralist society, a voice that can defend Christians from serious persecution, then we must be able to discern accurately when we are truly victims of oppression—and when this victimization is only imagined.

7) “Should I Tell My Spouse About My Struggle With Sexual Purity” by Garrett Kell

It’s a common question and counselors disagree on the answer. Here Kell doesn’t so much give us an answer as offer some helpful and insightful principles to guide our decision-making.

8) “Gay, Christian, and … Celibate: The Changing Face of the Homosexuality Debate” by Sarah Pulliam Bailey

This is a fantastic survey of the changing conversation about Christians who experience a same-sex attraction. It is my hope that this conversation will grow and we – the church – will continue to open our arms and hearts to our brothers and sisters who experience attractions like this but desire to be faithful and obedient to Jesus.

9) “John Perkins on the Difference Jesus Makes” by Bethany Jenkins

When John Perkins talks/writes I listen. He has built a significant ministry career out of caring for others, helping the poor, engaging in serious social ministry from a gospel perspective. We have much to learn from him. Here he answers some more or less soft-ball questions, but it’s still good to hear his voice.

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