This Week’s Good Reads

morning-paper2It’s been a couple of weeks, but here it this week’s list of interesting articles collected from around the web. Check it out:

1. “The Power of Confession” by Alissa Wilkinson

This is a great piece from Alissa detailing the value of first-person narratives, and writing our own story. She explains this kind of writing more in terms of testimony than confession, but she gives us a great validation to this narrative form – a form that Alissa does well.

2. “Everybody Worships” by Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa had a great week. In this piece she reflects on the writing and philosophy of David Foster Wallace. She explores his prose, his passion, his obsession with connection, and in particular his questioning of the divine. She explores how encountering his writing helped her to wrestle her own faith. Read this friends, and you will want very much to go and read DFW.

3. “ADHD: New Research” by Charles Hodges

Hodges, a medical doctor and certified Biblical counselor, directs readers to some new research on ADHD. This new research has concluded that the medications often used to help individuals with ADHD focus are counterproductive. There is no denying, says Hodges, that those with ADHD learn differently, but the solution is not to repress their activity but to provide alternative educational environments. Check it out.

4. “Binge Your Life Away With the Unofficial Marvel Cinematic Universe Chronology” by Donnie Lederer

The Nerdist website, has the unofficial chronology of Marvel’s movies and television shows. If you can work your way through this time line perhaps you’ll uncover some new trinkets within their cinematic universe.

5. “Blind Spot Quiz: What’s Your Blind Spot?” by Crossway

In light of Colin Hansen’s new book, Crossway developed this quiz to help readers think about their own blind spots. It’s a worthwhile evaluative tool, and one that should likely prompt many of us to pick up Colin’s book and read it with personal and institutional interest.

6. “An Anglican Theologian has Five Questions for Rachel Held Evans” by Michael Bird

After reading Evans’ newest book Bird offers a few thought-provoking questions not simply to Evans, but to all post-evangelicals. He is pointed and gracious, and I would genuinely love to see some post-evangelicals interact with these questions.

7. “How to Find a Mentor” by Russell Moore

Dr. Moore gives some great tips for those seeking a spiritual mentor. My favorite piece of advice is this gem: don’t ask someone to mentor you! His suggestions are highly practical and focus on some generally neglected principles regarding human relationships. This is a good and worthwhile read, friends.

8. “Theological Police? Paleo-Evangelicals and Ben Carson” by Thomas Kidd

I love Kidd’s thoughtfulness on this issue. The SBC has been roundly ridiculed for revoking an invitation to Ben Carson as a speaker at their Pastor’s Conference. Kidd offers a great explanation of why this is the absolute right move! I am not personally convinced of Ben Carson’s legitimacy as a candidate, but even if I were I would fully support Kidd’s logic here and I commend this article to you as thought-provoking and insightful.

9. “Matt Walsh Clashes with Christian Pastor Over Bruce Jenner and How to Respond to the Transgender Issue” by Billy Hallowell

This piece serves as a reminder that many conservative, godly Christians can’t stand Matt Walsh’s writings. Here Jarrid Wilson criticizes Walsh’s unloving response, and the Blaze got the two together for a cordial, if tense discussion. Walsh, of course, says many true things and this is part of my own beef with him. He speaks truth but he says it in the worst possible ways. He never challenges Christians to think beyond the most simplistic explanations, and he never calls them to question their own hearts. In light of this, then, I hope more Christians will push back against Walsh and his approach to hot topic cultural issues.

10. “Hyper-Headship and the Scandal of Domestic Abuse in the Church” by Jason Meyer

We have been wrestling with the importance of this nuance at our own church. We have been pursuing better education on the issue of domestic violence as pastors and working towards being a church that is safe for victims, and serious about abuse. Meyer’s sermon, then, is a breath of fresh air. It is exactly what the conservative church today needs to hear. There is a difference, and Meyer does us all a service by pointing it out. This link will take you to Justin Taylor’s blog where he writes about the sermon, but he also has an embedded link that will take you directly to the sermon.

11. “Addicts: An Unreached People Group?” by Mark Shaw

I love pretty much everything that Shaw writes. This piece is so convicting and motivating. The addiction community in America represents a largely unreached people group and Shaw makes a good case for that, even as he challenges the church to invade that community and speak gospel hope to those in need.

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