This Week’s Good Reads

Check out this list of interesting articles compiled from around the web:

1. “Biblical Counseling Training in the Near East: An Encouraging Update on a Burgeoning Movement” by Wayne Vanderwier

A fascinating look at the work of Overseas Instruction in Counseling in the primarily Arab countries. Biblical Counseling training is equipping Christians across the globe and advances the health of the church everywhere. Check it out.

2. “The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them” by Srini Pillay

Pillay explores six principles to help you manage information overload and develop healthy habits of thought.

3. “Why Conservative Christians Should Care About the Environment” by Brett McCracken

McCracken lists five arguments drawing from the wisdom of three Francises. He quotes here from Francis Schaeffer’s work Pollution and the Death of Man which was a compelling volume in my own life for environmental care.

4. “For Those Who Fail Every Day” by Julie Lowe

A sweet and simple reflection on God’s mercies which are “new every day.”

5. “Punting on First Down” by Mark Shaw

Utilizing a sports analogy here, Dr. Shaw describes the church’s failure to always refer cases of counseling instead of seeking to “impact the game.” He makes an appeal here for developing counseling in the church instead of simply sending our congregations out to secular counseling. A great word.

6. “The Transgender Revolution and the Rubble of Empty Promises” by Russell Moore

A great word on the mission to the culture of the sexual revolution. Dr. Moore speaks here about Transgenderism, acknowledging the flawed worldview of severing identity from biology, and yet, he speaks about the mission of the church carefully:

If we see ourselves as “losing” a culture rather than being sent on mission to a culture, we will be outraged and hopeless instead of compassionate and convictional. If we do not love our mission field, we will have nothing to say to it.

7. “How Oxford and Peter Singer Drove Me from Atheism to Jesus” by Sarah Irving-Stonebreaker

A conversion biography that follows one young woman’s discovery that Christianity was neither anti-intellectual nor silly.

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