This Week’s Good Reads

morning-paper2Every week I compile a list of interesting articles from around the web. Check out this week’s list, there’s bound to be something interesting here:

1. “New Voices for Theology: Taylor Ruiz-Jones’s From Siesta to Sabbath” by Franz Bibfedlt

Bibfeldt gives readers a quick introduction to this new, fascinating work, with strong words of recommendation. I will be interested to read the piece eventually, and discern its value for myself, but Bibfeldt seems highly convinced.

2. “Is Mental Illness Actually Biblical?” by Bob Kelleman

Kelleman continues to be one of the most reasonable voices in the Biblical counseling community on the subject of mental illness. He refuses to take the world’s ill-defined term and use it recklessly. Here he interacts with an older blog discussing the issue and proposes a different answer, one that takes into consideration the breadth of psychological research and the Scriptures.

3. “70% of People on Anti-Depressants Aren’t Clinically Depressed” by Stephen Morgan

Speaking of depression and antidepressants, Business Insider ran this story several weeks ago. The piece discusses research that reveals often people are prescribed antidepressants without actually meeting the qualifications of depression. The over-medication of our culture is extremely harmful and I am thrilled that more reports like this are coming out.

4. “3 Biblical Journey Markers When Working Through Depression” by Paul Tautges

Tautges gives some specific points or markers of a person’s journey through depression. He walks readers through this journey by means of Psalm 119:25-32. Much of what he says can be applied broadly to anyone’s life situation, but some of it will be unique to certain experiences of depression. It’s a good read for those in the midst of emotional suffering.

5. “Mood, Medicine, and the Value of Emotions” by Charles Hodges

As part of a series of mood disorders over at the Biblical Counseling Coalition blog, Charles Hodges writes this piece on the value of emotions. Quoting a recent article from the New York Times he highlights the ways in which we have lost the sense of the value of emotions. Emotions are seen as a sickness, but both secular psychologists and the apostle Paul see that emotions have value. This is such an important point and it cannot be overstated.

6. “How Miscarriage Led to My Crisis of Faith” by Trillia Newbell

Speaking of logical sadness, here’s a beautiful, moving piece from my friend Trillia. This is such a beautiful, moving piece in which Trillia walks us through her own story with four miscarriages, and how God helped her find peace in the midst of them.

7. “A Panel on Homosexuality” by Justin Taylor

This isn’t a read, but it’s a great video of Justin Taylor moderating a panel discussion on the subject. Panelists include Kevin DeYoung, who has written a new book on the subject, Josh Moody, and Jackie Hill-Perry, a former lesbian who has made it a goal to speak publicly about these issues. The discussion is really good and worthy of the hour it takes to listen.

8. “In Praise of Irrelevant Reading” by Wesley Hill

I pretty much love everything Hill writes, and this is no exception. Theological research “can almost always benefit from paying attention to the irrelevant,” says Hill. Here he helps readers see how reading broadly, being a cultural omnivore, can actually benefit us in our singular studies. So, reading comic books, or the novels of John Updike can actually help me be a better theologian and preacher. That’s what I like to hear!

9. “Burnout” by Brad Hambrick

Brad offers some great insight and resources here to consider the subject of burnout. It’s design is for everyone, but I can’t help but recommend it to my pastor friends.

10. “The Dead End of Sexual Sin” by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Rosaria, a former lesbian turned pastor’s wife, explores how the concept of “indwelling sin,” which she first discovered in the writings of John Owen, can shape our repentance from sexual sin.

11. “The Apologist Mom” by Andrea Palpant Dilley

A fascinating interview with Melissa Cain Travis, the leading female apologist in the nation right now.

12. “Leading Like Bonhoeffer” by Chris Nye

Nye looks at the actions of Bonhoeffer and finds in them a compelling and unique leader that can still teach us much today even after his death 70 years ago.

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