This Week’s Good Reads

morning-paper2Check out this week’s collection of interesting articles from around the web:

1. “How I Almost Lost the Bible” by Gregory Alan Thornbury

Dr. Thornbury is one of my favorite theologians and in this piece he builds off of some things we discussed in an interview a year ago. He writes here about his own personal struggle with faith in college and how Carl F. Henry helped to rescue his faith from the brink of death. It’s a great piece that’s not simply focused on autobiographical details, but rather on the great value of epistemology for faith.

2. “Attracted to Men, Pastor Feels Called to Marriage with a Woman” by NPR

A beautiful piece on the what obedience to Jesus looks like in the midst of a same-sex orientation. Allan Edwards, a PCA pastor, shares his story with NPR and how he has chosen to follow Jesus instead of pursuing his natural desires. I so love this piece and am amazed that it was shared at NPR. Check it out.

3. “Christian Scholarship and the Distinguishing Virtue of Humility” by Matthew J. Hall

TGC has run a really great piece on the importance quality of virtue as a distinguishing hallmark of Christians scholarship. Christians scholars ought to be marked by the same qualities of intellectual acumen and critical thought, but it’s most telling feature should be humility. He lists three primary reasons. This piece is a good fit with one of my personal goals for the year – it’s a much needed reminder.

4. “When T.S. Eliot Invented the Hipster” by Karen Swallow Prior

Man, I just love Karen’s writing. In this insightful piece she gives us pause to consider that maybe Hipsters aren’t all that’s wrong with the world. She does so through a rather surprising lens: the work of T.S. Elliot. This is an inviting piece that is worthy of your time…even if you’re not a hipster.

5. “Anthony Bourdain and the Dangerous Empathy of Food” by Nick Rynerson

I absolutely loved this piece, and not jus because I kind of like Bourdain, nor simply because I like Nick’s writing. No, rather I loved this piece because I love a good meal and I believe that this articles captures well an idea that we have all bust lost in our culture. Rynerson writes beautifully about the power of eating with others, and the ways in which it can demonstrate grace, cultivate relationships, and destroy the “otherness” that separates us. This is a great piece and I pray it will compel many of us to eat more long, inviting meals with others.

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