1. “Detroit Historic Flooding” by Nick Wiltgen
Since we moved to the Detroit metro we’ve experienced historic snow fall and now historic flooding. The metro was under water this last week. Monday night driving home was actually fairly terrifying as I drove through major water and experienced actual waves from passing cars. This story gives some more on the metro wide water damage.
2. “When Existence Becomes Seemingly Impossible” by Alan Noble
Alan is such a beautiful writer, and if you ready anything that’s not trite, condescending, and self-righteous about Robin Williams’ suicide this last week it was probably this piece. If you haven’t read a piece like that, then read this piece! Alan reminds us that sometimes getting out of bed is itself an act of worship. So get out of bed, friends.
3. “Factchecker: Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq?” by Joe Carter
Carter carefully raises doubts about the claims of child beheadings in Iraq, pointing out that there is no corroboration of the story by any media outlet, or reporter on the ground. He cautions Christians to know the truth and repeat only the truth we know. It’s a good reminder.
4. “Stewardship and Economic Philosophy” by Darrell Bock and Greg Forster
A great conversation on moral philosophy and economics facilitated by a brilliant theologian and a gifted social scientist.
5. “Five Principles of the New Sexual Morality” by Alastair Roberts
Roberts keenly observes that the cultural shift on sexual ethics is not a shift towards amorality, but towards the “loosely coherent” philosophical tradition of liberalism. He outlines five core principles that we need to understand about this new morality in order to be able to effectively respond to it.
6. “What Does it Mean to Say Jesus was ‘Made Perfect’?” by Sam Storms
Storms does a good job of explaining what the author of Hebrews is stating in his declaration that Jesus, God in the flesh, was made “perfect” through suffering.
7. “Cracks in the Secular” by James K.A. Smith
In this thought-provoking piece Smith wonders aloud if the aggressiveness of contemporary secularism hasn’t more to do with its own last-ditch efforts to survive. He wonders if we aren’t on the verge of a post-secular society. In that light, then, he asks us to “hear in the secular an enduring longing of something more,” and to see our religious opportunities.
8. “God Does Not View Your Labors As ‘Filthy Rags’” by Michael J. Kruger
This is such an important issue for Christians to discuss and churches to teach on. Self-denigrating and belittling are not hallmarks of holiness. We need to, as Kruger suggests here, see all that the Scriptures says about how God is pleased with the efforts of His children.
9. “Robing Williams, Jonathan Edwards, and Heaven on Earth” by Ryan Hoselton
My friend Ryan has written a lovely piece on imaging heaven, connecting the thoughts and reflections of Robin Williams with those of Jonathan Edwards. I enjoyed this piece and I suspect many others will too.