This Week’s Good Reads

morning-paper2Every week I compile a collection of interesting articles from around the web. Here’s this week’s collection.

1. “Who is Mark Rubio’s Anti-Feminist Adviser?” by Ruth Graham

Apparently Wayne Grudem is serving on Rubio’s Religious Liberty Advisory Board. I suspect it has more to do with the fact that Grudem wrote a massive tome on politics from a theological perspective, but this author suggests it’s because of Grudem’s role in the formation of CBMW. I like Rubio, not because I think he’s anti-feminist, but because he seems the most reasonable candidate in a pool if crazies, but the fact that Grudem is advising him on religious liberty is even more appealing.

2. “Primates Suspend Episcopal Church from Full Participation in the Anglican Communion” by George Conger

This was a big story last week, as the Episcopal church is suspended. We’ll see what the long-term impact of this decision is, but one can hope for some theological reformation from within will take place.

3. “The End of a Remarkable Writing and Speaking Ministry: An Update on J.I. Packer’s Health” by Justin Taylor

Dr. Packer has been diagnosed with macular degeneration in both eyes and has thus announced the end of his writing and speaking career. Packer has been a legend and stalwart in Evangelicalism for a long time and his influence has been seen in many quarters. I am grateful for my experiences with Dr. Packer’s work, not the least was his phenomenal book A Quest for Godliness which I have read through three or four times. Much thanks to God for Dr. Packer. Here Taylor quotes from Packer’s works on the perspective of aging. It’s a beautiful testimony to cap a beautiful ministry.

4. “Beyond the Booth: How Broadchurch Makes Confession Communal” by Hannah Anderson

This is a great piece on a rather brilliant BBC television show. Anderson explores the power of confession in the formation and strengthening of community life, both within the show and within reality. It’s a beautiful piece and for fans of the show it will bring another layer of depth to this insightful drama.

5. “Women…These Are Not Gospel Issues: Working” by Denise Hardy

Denise continues her series on potential distractions and divisions among Christian women. She warns us here that whether women work outside the home or not, do not have to become barriers to our communion and fellowship as believers. This is not a gospel issue. I love this series and am grateful for Denise’s discipleship of our women at CBC.

6. “Navigating Times of Transition” by Ed Stetzer

Stetzer collected a number of stories from churches and pastors on how they personally handled transitioning a new senior pastor. All of these examples are positive and impressive. These are good examples to those in full-time ministry that handing things off, or taking things up, can be done well for the glory of God and the health of the church.

7. “How Jazz Music Teaches us to Trust God” by Bethany Jenkins

Man, I love Jazz, and in this interview for The Gospel Coalition, composer and trumpeter John Raymond shares how he integrates his faith with his music.

8. “Pastor, Mind Your RBM or Risk Burnout” by Jared C. Wilson

Rest, Boundaries, and Margin. These are the three things that Wilson says every pastors needs to avoid becoming resentful, exhausted, and burnt out.

9. “A Sane Approach to the Refugee Crisis” by Alan Noble

Neither Islamophobia nor naiveté are the solution to the refugee crisis. My dear friend, and insightful thinker, Alan Noble has a better solution. Selective processing of refugees placed into thriving communities where the church can help acclimate them to new culture. I love this piece and commend it to you as a real alternative to the common extremes.

10. “Panel Discussion: ‘The Vision’ and the Danger of Chasing Our Dreams” by Jeremy Writebol

For those who think that comics can’t have any deeper value than entertainment, I encourage you to read Jeremy’s weekly column at CAPC. It is so good and in this article on Tom King’s Vision storyline he exposes the dangers of our own idolatrous pursuits.

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