This Week’s Good Reads

morning paperEvery week I compile a list of interesting articles from around the web. Here’s is this week’s list, check it out:

1. “Stop Wasting Everyone’s Time” by Sue Shellenbarger

The two biggest time wasters are meetings and e-mails, especially utilizing the “reply all” button.
I love these posts. Learning more about this fascinating city is always cool and here are some interesting facts that both natives and non-natives can appreciate.
The mid-season finale has come and gone for The Walking Dead. It was a pretty captivating episode and in this piece I reflect on how the loss of hope has contributed significantly to the hardening of these characters. “Repeatedly they have clung to something for hope. In season one it was the CDC. In season two it was the farm. In season three it was the prison. In season four it was normalcy. They have hoped in each other all along the way. This season they put their hopes in Washington. Each time they have hoped the broken world in which they live has destroyed that hope. The longer they roam this world without hope the more hardened they become.”
This is nerd-theology at its finest. Here author Corey Latta explores the parallels between the composite narrative mode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the redemptive narrative of Scripture. He explores how the former has borrowed the formula of the latter to develop its interconnected narratives. This is a neat read for comic nerds.
The surprise is that those who read fiction tend to be more empathetic towards others. Reading fiction makes you a better person.
This is really a great meditation on valuing the differences of vocation. Jenkins does a great job of giving us the example of Christ, pointing out the failure of elevating some work over others, and helping us to move forward with more compassion and unity.
This is really a beautiful interview about singleness. This is an area where the church has struggled in the modern era. We need to improve and interviews like this can be a great help to our working through this issue and moving forward.
Smethurst asks these three godly theologians what they should read in addition to Scripture and sound doctrine. Paul Tripp’s 9 questions are great for thinking about what to read up on as it relates to caring for my people. Frame’s answer, in typical fashion is simple and sweet. This series is interesting and worthy of your time young pastors.
In The Atlantic, Noble takes a look at one particular case of so-called Christian persecution and explores how it exemplifies the ways in which Christians think about their relationship to the American government. More pointedly Noble sees the case of the Huston Subpoena of Sermons as an example of the difficulty and yet possibility of living peacefully in a pluralistic society. He compares the responses of those pastors who met personally with Mayor Annise Parker and those who bombarded her office with sensationalistic rhetoric and outrage. He writes:
By speaking and listening to one another with respect, the mayor and these religious leaders were able to agree that these subpoenas were harmful to the health of the city—a tone that often wasn’t mirrored by the national figures who used the case as evidence of a black-and-white culture war. Some of those figures will read the outcome as evidence that using hyperbolic rhetoric and flooding public offices with Bibles is the way to protect the interests of evangelicals, but a more careful look shows that a few hours of civil dialogue accomplished what these extreme methods could not.
This is a great piece and a model of intelligent, sensitive, and helpful Christian commentary.

 

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