This Week’s Good Reads

morning-paper2Each week a compile a list of interesting articles from around the web. Here’s this week’s list, check it out:

1. “Does God Really Love You?” by Ed Welch

Welch gives us five ways to engage our doubts about God’s goodness and love in the midst of suffering. This is a good reminder, a helpful resource, and a comforting call to challenge doubt, not simply to listen to it. I found this good for my own soul this week and trust it will be an encouragement to you too.

2. “This Comic Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Privilege” by Shahana Yasmin

If the title of the article is a big stretch, the comic within the post is still actually good. Far too often we undervalue the importance of privilege in the attainment of success. Malcolm Gladwell does a great job of unpacking this very idea in his book Outliers, a book the church can benefit from reading, but this comic makes it simple and emotional. I hope it will challenge the way many of us think about others.

3. “Women: Five Reasons Your Divorce Is Your Fault” by Laura Doyle

I hesitate to share this article from The Huffington Post for two reasons: (1) Sensitive wives will read it and assume that their marital problems are their fault, when in fact the fault lies largely at the feet of their husbands; (2) Abusive/controlling husbands will be inclined to use it as evidence of their innocence. Yet, I recognize, as this author does, that there are women who are sabotaging their relationships. This can be a good word for those wives who need some specific reorientation towards the practical elements of loving their imperfect husbands. The same, of course, can apply to hard-hearted husbands who sabotage their relationships. So, these five principles can apply both ways.

4. “Eleven Things Pastors Need To Know Their Spouses Are Thinking” by Thom Rainer

So important for me to remember and for all pastors to remember. Our spouses are impacted by our ministries and need out attention and support. Furthermore, we need to be challenged on how we care for them, spend time with them, and serve them. It’s too easy to let family take a back seat to ministry. I don’t want to be that guy. I am thankful for a church and an elder board that constantly challenge me on this point and offer to help me do better.

5. “Kevin Vanhoozer, Drama King” by Wesley Hill

Hill interviews and analyzes Vanhoozers Theo-Dramatic approach to theology and the Chrisitan life in this wonderful article for Christianity Today. Vanhoozer is one of those immensely fascinating and encouraging Evangelical scholars. Theology nerds will thoroughly enjoy this piece.

6. “As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage” by Matthew Paris

“Is there nobody of any intellectual stature left in our English church, or the Roman church, to frame the argument against Christianity’s slide into just going with the flow of social and cultural change?” It’s not the question you’d expect from someone of Parris’ inclinations. It’s such an important question. This is a good piece and a call to take this question as a challenge. It’s a sad state when atheists see religious hypocrisy better than a whole church!

7. “Three Generations on Race Relations” by Collin Hansen

Take 40 minutes and watch this important video conversation between Russell Moore, Robert Smith, and Jason Cook. The church has for far too long tolerated racism, in its myriad of subtle and not so subtle forms. This video will be a good challenge and a great resource for renewed and reinvigorated Biblical conversation on the subject. Hopefully, such conversations will result in greater action.

8. “Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD” by Marilyn Wedge

9 percent of American kids are diagnosed with what is, in the states, termed as a biological disorder. 0.5 percent of kids in France are diagnosed with what is termed a psychosocial problem. The difference lies, according to Wedge, in a two differences between French and American culture: (1) the system of diagnosis and (2) the parenting philosophies. This is a great read which offers some counter evidence to the current teaching on ADHD and affirms much of what Biblical Counseling has been saying.

9. “How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done” by Travis Bradberry

A helpful article listing ten suggestions on how to make good use of your weekend. The author cites a study that argues that working more than 50 hours a week actually reduces productivity, and then gives us some help on how to unwind and distress.

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