Breakfast Blend 09.23.14

What’s Lost in Not Recognizing Campus Religious Groups – THE ATLANTIC: California State University’s recent decision to strip InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters of their school affiliation undermines its ability to teach pluralism.

After 20 Novels, What’s the Editing Process? – LINDSAY BUROKER: As I close in on twenty novels (between my name and the new pen name, I should hit that number this Christmas, for my four-year self-publishing anniversary) and almost as many short stories and novellas, I guess it’s fair to say that I’ve developed a system.

Marilynne Robinson’s New Novel: Lila – THE GOSPEL COALITION: Lila is not a cheerful book, but it is a beautiful book. Robinson writes as convincingly as a sinner lately-loved as she did in the voice of a third-generation pastor. As I neared the end of the book, my reading slowed—not because I grew disinterested, but because I was sorry to see it end.

Are You Intellectually Humble? – THE TABLE: Even when you feel strongly about something, are you still aware that you could be wrong? Do you trust that truth has nothing to fear from investigation? When someone disagrees with your beliefs, do you view it as a personal attack? If so, why?

Amazon to Launch New Crowd Source Platform – THE DIGITAL READER: Here’s a new publishing program from Amazon which is so new that it doesn’t yet have a launch day, URL, or even a name.

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Nicholas McDonald is a blogger, pastor, and author of the book "Faker: How to Be Real When You're Tempted to Fake it." He studied creative writing and communication at Oxford University and Olivet Nazerene University, and received his M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife and two boys, Caleb and Owen.


  1. Karen Swallow Prior’s article for The Atlantic was a good look at the value of pluralism on college campuses. I think the age of relatively unfettered access to college campuses was short-lived and not likely to return, though.

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