Scribblepreach Awards 07.30.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis – Volume 1 on sale for $1.99! Here’s volume 2 for the same price.

Apologetics: Nietzsche, an Honest Atheist – This article helpfully explains how Nietzsche did a better job of taking his atheism to its logical ends than the modern New Atheist movement.

Preaching: 5 Reasons to Host a Q&A After You Preach – Keller writes of the fruit he gleaned by doing this in NY. Also, scroll down for an article-length response by Keller to Mark Jones’ criticism of the article.

Spiritual Life: Do Racial Issues “Disappear” With the Gospel? I’ve written before about the dangers of dispensationalism, and it’s penchant for erasing ethics from the Christian life by over-spiritualizing everything. I was told in response by several that no such dangers exist. Well, let me show rather than tell…John MacArthur, golden child of the movement, articulates exactly what I’m talking about here. Dispensationalism undermines our theology of creation, and thus, of people, and thus, of ethics. Read on.

Theology: Kevin DeYoung’s Two-Person Mission – Leithart offers a valid critique of DeYoung and Gilbert’s “What is the Mission of the Church?” Namely, that it leaves out an entire Person of the Trinity.

Fun: 50 Insults That Need to Make a Comeback – Some of these made me laugh out loud. Next time I see a hole in your pants, I will most definitely be calling you a Heathen Philosopher. Find out why.

A Glimpse of Truth: The Failure of Secular Schools to Teach Ethics – This is a brutally honest look, from the Atlantic, at the way schools have dismally failed to teach the next generation any sense for ethics…thought the solution is nearly as bad, which is to let classrooms full of philosophically clueless students work together to solve ethical dilemmas. Hardly a foundation.

Writing: Don’t Be Pretentious “‘Don’t be pretentious’ is my first advice to young writers. This is the big problem — just because you’re getting an MFA doesn’t mean you have to write for the Academy. Be true to your personality. Don’t temper your personality down with words. Don’t build defensive fortresses around yourself with words — words are your friends.” – GARY SHTEYNGART

Books and Lit: 7 Tips to Reading Faster With Comprehension – I still really wrestle with the “get what you want out of the book” concept. To me, reading isn’t just about information acquisition, but encountering another person. Part of knowing another person is seeing all the things you didn’t know you didn’t know. So…I still don’t believe in it. But the rest of the tips are pretty good.

Christians and Culture: Trump: Tribune of Poor White People – This is a follow up interview to Dreher’s article from last week. One of the most insightful online pieces I’ve read in a long, long time. Both compassionate and critical.

Leadership and Productivity: 11 Science Backed Ways to Build Habits – With some awesome little app links to boot.

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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.


  1. CAPC’s article on Mr. MacArthur’s teaching on race and the gospel was a welcome criticism. Mr. MacArthur misses – or at least downplays – that Jesus’s first synagogue sermon (Luke 4) married the temporal and the spiritual aspects of the gospel when he quoted Isaiah on freedom for captives.

    • Glad it was much appreciated by you, Tim. It certainly wasn’t by a large swath of my readers! Married is the word on Luke 4, not one or the other.

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