Scribblepreach Awards 07.16.16

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Kindle Deal of the Week: Slaughterhouse Five – This is a brutal, brutal book. It’s hilarious, but will send most of us into a deep manic depressive mode for about a month. But it’s on my list of Top 150, and it’s $1.99.

Apologetics: Your Neighbors Aren’t Hostile to Your Faith – In fact, most of them are thinking about the questions it addresses.

Preaching: 10 Key Questions for Sermon Prep – Good, classic advice.

Spiritual Life: My Sons’ Black Lives Matter – This one really made me stop and think. Sadly, I don’t think I understand the weightiness and reality of racism as I should.

Theology: The Magician’s Nephew – Aslan on the Witch’s eating of forbidden fruit: “That is what happens to those who pluck and eat fruits at the wrong time and in the wrong way. The fruit is good, but they loathe it ever after….She has won her heart’s desire; she has unwearying strength and endless days like a goddess. But length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they want; they do not always like it.”

Fun: 30 Famous Quotes You Don’t Actually Know – This is one of those annoying, million-pop-up-click-through-ad sites. But it’s actually quite a good, and surprising, collection. Extra points for the Bible quote clarifications!

A Glimpse of Truth: Pokemon Go in a Fractured And Flattened World – Trevin Wax helps us get to the heart of the craze (and help some of us understand what the heck is going on).

Writing: From My Journal: I’ve been thinking this week about the idea – or the myth – of ‘voice’ in writing. I don’t use the same ‘voice’ with my four-year-old as I do with my bride. I don’t use the same voice with my bride that I do from the pulpit. I don’t use the same voice from the pulpit as I do in the classroom. Why should it be any different in writing? My voice depends on who I’m talking to. So my ‘voice’ is devoid of meaning. It’s a myth. Write who you mean to talk to – that’s your voice. 

Books and Lit: The Six Main Archs in Storytelling, Identified by A.I. – I am a Nerd, and I Nerd out more on this than any other Nerd in Nerddom.

Christians and Culture: Hillbilly America – “If you want to understand America in 2016, Hillbilly Elegy is a must-read. I will be thinking about this book for a long, long time. Here are my impressions.” This one I chewed on all week.

Leadership and Productivity: What Great Listeners Actually Do – Well, there goes most of my communications degree. 


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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.