Apologetics Award: “The Case for the Crusades” – If anyone ever tells you how Christianity promotes oppression, and says “What about the Crusades?”, you may point them to this article, which will point them to a better book.
Writing Award: “Why More Practice Can Make Your Writing Worse” – The key isn’t necessarily writing more…it’s training yourself to write better as you write more.
Preaching Award: “A Video Interview with Martyn Lloyd Jones” – I’m not sure how helpful MLJ’s advice is for discerning a call to preach, but it’s amazing to see video footage of this brilliant, anointed, and surprisingly mumbly man.
A Glimpse of Truth Award: “Some go to Church, Others go to Crossfit” – As the secular world searches for the term “worldview”, they stumble to describe the meaning of religion in a world of non-theistic cults.
Fun Award: “If Beatles Songs Were Written in Elizabethan Times” – Tim wrote this awhile back, and I loved it. I got most of these right…but I’m still puzzled on a few.
Theology Award: “When to Pull the Heretic Card” – “As I have said before, we are not justified by precision alone. We are justified by faith alone. That doesn’t just include the fact that we’ve done bad things, but it also includes the fact that we have believed – and still do believe – some bad things.”
Books and Lit Award – “The NY Times 10 Best Fiction Books of 2015” – I’ve never heard of any of them, but I suppose these writers know what they’re talking about. It’s at least much superior to the pathetic Good Reads list of 2015, where the publishing industry decides what we read, then we vote for it. Harper Lee’s embarrassing unpublished and unfinished manuscript? Come on, people.
Spiritual Life Award: “Your Suffering is Working For Your” – I need to read this this week – John Piper on his classic message to those who suffer: it’s not meaningless.
Christianity and Culture Award: “4 Theses on ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ in Tragedy” – Culture vulture Andy Crouch with a pitch perfect response to the recent hullabaloo.
Church Leadership Award: “Do More Better” – The church leadership award this week goes to Tim Challies’ new book, “Do More Better”. It’s not propaganda for me to say that I read this book two weeks ago, and it’s already changed my life. I wrote Tim and told him, “This isn’t a book I read. It’s a book I DID.” And it’s true. Tim is someone I admire for his stewardship in everyday life – he’s able to get a mind-boggling amount done, with a kingdom mindset. This book describes, step by step, exactly how he does it. I think he’s found his wheelhouse, here. This, to me, is his best book yet. A great gift to the church, and one every church leaders should read.