Scribblepreach Awards 06.11.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: Name of the Rose, $2.99 – I haven’t read this, but I’ve read some Umberto Eco as a scholar of Aristotelian aesthetics. He’s a fascinating thinker.

Apologetics: Hitchens Not an Atheist? This article in the Atlantic gives an important perspective on the recent allegations that Hitchens was not really an ardent atheist. Maybe it’s one sided, but it should be engaged. Something to learn here about the way we do apologetics, I think.

Preaching: “Um” and “Like” and Being Heard – Some great wisdom on communication from Seth Godin.

Spiritual Life: How and Why to Hold a Weekly Marriage Meeting – I thought this was hugely helpful.

Theology: Christianese Phrase #1: The Christian Life is All About Being Vulnerable”. Loved the balanced look at the Christian trend of elevating vulnerability to the highest among virtues – it’s strengths and weaknesses. Pairs well with this article at the NY Times: Why Being Yourself is Terrible Advice. 

Fun: How to Be a Thought Leader. Hilarious.

A Glimpse of Truth: I’m an Atheist. So Why Can’t I Shake God? Elizabeth King writes of her journey through “shaking God” intellectually…but still feeling His presence.

Writing: Period. Full Stop. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of StyleAn interesting article about why the period is excessive

Books and Lit: From my journal: I doubted myself this week. I shouldn’t have. I thought I’d spent too much time reading. I looked around at everyone and thought, “Clearly, I’m wasting too much time here. I need to do important things.” So I set the books aside.

But then, I started prepping for this week’s sermon, and – a flood of articles, quotes, book excerpts and metaphors poured into my mind that I had read over the past several months. All of that reading was paying off. Not only was it enjoyable, but it actually saved me hours and hours of searching for sermon illustrations. They were all ready at hand.

Time to get reading again.

Christians and Culture: Can We Talk? – I think it’s unfair that disproportionate attention ISN’T going to our black brothers in the reformed fold over this year’s election. You may not agree, but as Thabiti notes: why can’t you just listen? 

Leadership and Productivity: Summer Reads for Leaders. Some suggestions from Forbes.

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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.