Scribblepreach Awards 07.23.16

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Kindle Deal of the Week: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – A business classic for $4.99

Apologetics: Materialism: The False God of Modern Science – This is difficult reading, but if you can get through it, you’ll come away with some really profound insights into the limits of science and materialism from a philosophical vantage point.

Preaching: Should Colleges Really Eliminate the Lecture? This is about lecturing, but I found it applying directly to conversations I have regularly about the church. Is the age of preaching over? No – but the art needs to be revived.

Spiritual Life: Why We Don’t Punish Our Kids – This was really helpful.

Theology: The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeAt the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.

Fun: Coldplay, Michael J. Fox, and Back to the Future – I can’t think of anything better than one of my favorite bands getting together with one of my favorite films.

A Glimpse of Truth: Hip Hop: Villain or Hero? – This was so helpful to me. Lecrae shows why the “villainous”, drug-glorifying hip-hop movement is what it is…and how it can teach us about the injustice surrounding white, suburban life.

Writing: Pool of Thought – Why swimming is good for your writing.

Books and Lit: 34 Riveting First Lines in Literature – A fun infographic.

Christians and Culture: The Coming Christian Collapse – Rod Dreher suggests Christianity in America has collapsed already…we’re just a little out of touch.

Leadership and Productivity: From My Journal: My bride has been preparing to homeschool my oldest son, Caleb, and studying the teaching methods of Charlotte Mason. One of the the things we’ve both found very fruitful is her discussion of habits, and the importance of instilling a few habits at a time, and keeping them on course for two months or so before moving on. Over the past few months, we’ve each found this to be really fruitful in our own lives. Rather than trying to fix everything about ourselves, or one another, all in one go, we’ve found focusing on one or two personal habits, as well as one for each other, has gotten us much further along. As the original F.H.E. Kris Kringle says: “Just put one foot in front of the other.” Turns out that’s better than trying to leap across the frozen pond. 

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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.