1. “Of Jayber Crow and Donald Trump” by Jake Meador
A really insightful reflection on “dying alongside something you love,” or resisting changes to a valued way of life. I enjoy Wendell Berry’s writings on the fictional world of Port William, KY and his moving words on dedication to a people and a place. Here Meador compares Berry’s Jayber Crow to the cultural shifts in the GOP, in tech booming towns, and in churches. Lots to chew on in this piece.
2. “A Conversation with John Frame” by Peter Benyola
A delightful Q&A with my theological hero Dr. Frame. He discusses a number of things in this interview and reveals the depth of his charm and erudition in it as well.
3. “Counseling Teens Hooked on Porn” by Steve Hoppe
In light of our recent seminar on Pornography Addiction I thought this piece might be a good follow-up. Here, the author notes some key differences between counseling teens with this struggle and counseling adults. He also outlines some general principles to keep in mind as Biblical counselors seek to be helpful.
4. “3 Reasons Pastors and Their Wives Should Have Close Friends in the Church” by Megan Hill
A beautiful reflection that seeks to dispel the lie that ministry families can’t have friends in the church they serve. I am grateful for this word and seeking to do better about this in my own life.
5. “Why Should a Straight Person Care About Spiritual Friendship” by Matthew Loftus
SF is a fantastic and helpful website where celibate gay Christians, striving to follow Jesus and hold to a traditional Christian sexual ethic, write and share their thoughts and stories. Here Matthew Loftus, who is not gay, writes about why the website is still valuable to him and can be to many others. I agree with Matthew, this is a great website to read, friends, regardless of your sexual orientation.
6. “Women Need to Study Theology” by Denise Hardy
I love Denise’s blog, and in this piece she reflects on four reasons (or excuses) women give for why they don’t study theology. She answers each and commends to us all the importance of serious study of God.
7. “Did the Reformers Really Get Paul Wrong?” by Robert Yarbrough
TGC invited Dr. Yarbrough to write a review of the new Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis. This new work looks at the Reformers interpretive work on the Pauline epistles in an attempt to answer the critics of traditional understandings of Pauline theology. It looks very interesting and Dr. Yarbrough invites us to see som