This Week’s Good Reads

morning paperHere’s a collection of interesting articles from around the web. Check it out, there’s bound to be something here that interests you:

1. “The Bearable Weight of Being” by Amy Peterson

My friend Amy has written a beautiful piece reflecting on independence, freedom, family, and commitments. She ties it all together nicely with Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. This is a short but truly beautiful piece, friends. Read it if you’re a restless mom, a tired dad, or just struggling to stay put.

2. “What Makes Your Counseling Model Different From Anyone Else’s?” by Joshua Waulk

Waulk guides readers through five distinctives that set Biblical Counseling apart from its secular counseling counterparts.

3. “Can Hipster Christianity Save Churches from Decline?” by Brett McCracken

Five years ago McCracken released his sociological study on Hipster Christianity. Now he turns his attention to the long-term results of “cool” religion, which don’t seem to have done anything to reverse the trends in decline among American Christians. His original thesis remains, as he sees it, cool Christianity doesn’t work. I personally still have some issues with the way that McCracken has framed this whole equation and some of the assumptions he made in the original book. But, overall I can concede his general point.

4. “When Do You Stop Counseling?” by Deepak Reju

A good look at some of the reasons you might end counseling. Two suggestions are positive, and four are negative, but all are common and real. This is a good list to help counselors think about their own individual situations and cases and think through when it’s time to end a formal meeting.

5. “The Bible and Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Common But Mistaken Claims” by Darrell Bock

While I would answer claim #5 differently than Bock (I don’t think his is a very satisfactory answer), I think this is a good list and a helpful articulation of many of the common criticisms leveled at Christianity on this issue.

6. “The Calvary Option?” by Carl Trueman

Trueman has a knack for putting things in perspective. Here he reminds pastors that generally their ministries will continue just the same as always, despite waning popular opinion on Christianity. He suggests that we don’t really need a new option, just the same faithfulness.

7. “How Arrested Development Taught Me to Read the Scriptures” by Roberto De La Noval

This is probably just an excuse to write about Arrested Development but it’s still fun to read and compare the textual interplay of the show and how it can be compared to the textual interplay of the Scriptures.

8. “Yes, Your Opinion Can Be Wrong” by Jef Rouner

So, this piece is a bit crass and condescending (be forewarned of language), and I would not agree with his final comment on Planned Parenthood (I actually believe it factual wrong), but, nonetheless, this is an important reminder that in the world of truth and education opinions mean nothing. Rouner writes:

In other words, you can form an opinion in a bubble, and for the first couple of decades of our lives we all do. However, eventually you are going to venture out into the world and find that what you thought was an informed opinion was actually just a tiny thought based on little data and your feelings. Many, many, many of your opinions will turn out to be uninformed or just flat out wrong. No, the fact that you believed it doesn’t make it any more valid or worthwhile, and nobody owes your viewpoint any respect simply because it is yours.

9. “Teach the Bloody Bible” by Drew Dyck

This is an interesting interview and exchange between Dyck and John Ryan Butler and Dan Kimball on the difficult passages of Scripture. They discuss why we should read them, how to think intelligently about them, and how to respond to the anti-Christian apologists who use them to undermine the faith. A good read, friends.

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