1. “The Whole Truth: To The Christian Woman Who Just Discovered Her Husband’s Affair” by Hannah Anderson
I am so grateful for godly women like Hannah. She counsels well and here in this piece for True Woman she helps betrayed wives understand their need to learn about their husband’s affair and accept that it happened. Far too many women want to pretend, excuse, justify, or simply ignore their husband’s sin. Far too many women want to blame themselves. Hannah writes against such temptations. She does so with an eye towards healing and the hope of God’s compassionate care. Thank you, Hannah!
2. “A Short History of Biblical Counseling and Higher Education” by Howard Eyrich
This is exactly what it sounds like. The nerd and counselor in me loved it.
3. “The Tragic Story of Oliver Sacks Celibacy” by Justin Moyer
Though famous as a neurologist, it has now become more widely known that Sacks was also a celibate gay man for much of his life. Though this piece in the Washington Post takes a particular narrative approach to his celibacy, calling it tragic, it is largely utilizing the man’s own words of confession to interpret the experience of his celibacy. While we might not all agree in calling it “tragic,” it was nonetheless a painful experience for him and this story can shed some light on the experiences of those within our own community who struggle to remain celibate. May you read it and have your heart stretched with compassion.
4. “9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse” by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb
With the release of their new book (review forthcoming) the Biblical Counseling Coalition shared this list from the Holcombs. It’s a good and useful starting place for families to think through this sad and haunting reality of our world.
5. “The Pastor as Organic Intellectualist” by Kevin Vanhoozer
This is a great piece from a brilliant theologian on the role of the pastor to be a generalist who can engage with intellectual ideas at the practical level of the congregation. He writes:
The pastor theologian is a special kind of generalist: a generalist who specializes in viewing all of life as relating to God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Vanhoozer has written a good piece on advocating a new way of looking at the pastorate. It encourages me to check out his new book on the subject.
6. “The Walking Dead in an Age of Anxiety” by Michael J. Totten
The City Journal explores the zombie apocalypse craze and it’s place in our anxiety-ridden world. As a TWD fan this was an interesting read, even if it doesn’t really offer anything new by way of commentary.
7. “Death and Desire in the Shadows” by Chris Yokel
The Rabbit Room reviews Jon Foreman’s new solo EP. It is a haunting album with beautiful melodies and meaningful lyrics.