Scribblepreach Awards 06.18.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis – For $1.99

Apologetics: That Hideous Strength: “There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there is never more than one.” – C.S. Lewis. I thought this a brilliant response to relativism.

Preaching: From My Journal: As a follow up to my note about preaching more than one point. I do believe preaching one statement has value, only not one point. I’m critiquing the Andy Stanley method, not the Robinson method. Robinson allows for “Big Ideas” which can serve as platforms for multiple points: “Anxiety is unfruitful, unfulfilling, unbecoming and unobservant” is a big idea I used a couple of months ago. It’s perfectly fine in the Robinson method. The point for him is that all major sermon points cohere in a single statement. Robinson’s goal is not to keep things at one point, but to keep points from being unrelated.

Spiritual Life: How to Take the Bible to Heart – This is a very important post by David Mathis. If you would like more instruction in his suggestions, I recommend Keller’s book on prayer. 

Theology: 18 Theses on the Trinity – Some of you are aware of the hulabaloo over the trinity, some don’t care, either way, Dr. Sanders provides extremely helpful guidance (even if I can’t understand it all).

Fun: That Hideous Strength – This may be my new favorite C.S. Lewis quote of all time from one of his characters, Mrs. Dimble. I laughed about it once a day after I read it: “Husbands were made to be talked to. It helps them to concentrate their minds on what they’re reading—like the sound of a weir.”

A Glimpse of Truth: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life – This is a really well-written piece on how this happy atheist became a believer. 

Writing: Bertrand Russell’s 20 Favorite Words – This post includes some fun rabbit trails of other authors who listed their favorite words, such as “terraqueous” and “inspissated”. Look them up and have fun.

Books and Lit: The End of Reflection: “Mr. Carr observed that, for decades, Rodin’s 1902 sculpture “The Thinker” epitomized the highest form of contemplation: a figure with an imposing physique staring abstractly downward, hunched over to block out distraction, frozen because it’s a statue, of course, but also because deep thinkers need time and don’t fidget. It’s hard to imagine a postmodern update called “The Tweeter” being quite so inspirational.”

Christians and Culture: Interview with Ross Douthat – This interview by TGC of Ross Douthat is really insightful. I only watched the clips and summary, but you can watch the whole thing here as well. 

Leadership and Productivity: 8 Ground Rules for Great Meetings – The Harvard Business Review with lots of gold, here (lots more than 8 nuggets, anyway).

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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.