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Kindle Deal of the Week: The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook – Not a kindle deal, but a free audiobook from Christianaudio.com. Regular price: $152.98. That’s a 100% discount.
Apologetics: The Silver Chair – One of Lewis’s most brilliant apologetic moves, in response to relativism, coming from the character Puddleglum in the Witch’s underground lair:
“One word. All you’ve been saying is quite right, I shouldn’t wonder. I’m a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won’t deny any of what you said.
But there’s one thing more to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.
And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a playworld which licks your real world hollow.
That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland.
Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”
Preaching: Trump, Pastoring, and Politics – I’d be curious to hear others’ thoughts on this one.
Spiritual Life: Stop Having Quiet Times – This article made me seriously stop and think about the way I pray.
Theology: A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Free Will’ – Piper with some very helpful articulations of what we mean when we talk about free will, how we can affirm it, and when we must deny it. Here’s a follow up article.
Fun: U2 and Jimmy Fallon on the Subway – Fun stuff. Though I’m pretty sure if Bono started singing to my face I’D PUT MY STUPID PHONE DOWN. Oh, sorry.
A Glimpse of Truth: Jane Austen’s Prayer – Pretty cool!
Writing: Stephen King’s 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer – Skip the blather between the quotes. And let the quotes motivate you to read the book.
Books and Lit: How Reading Shapes the Human Experience – Neil Gaiman with lots of great thoughts here. I can’t affirm everything, but I found most of it insightful.
Christians and Culture: A Pastoral Response to Same-Sex Attraction – I rarely sit through long online videos. But I felt this would be important, especially considering Michael Bird’s endorsement: “They are probably the best presentations I’ve ever heard on the subject of a pastoral response to same-sex attraction. The talks are biblical, compassionate, and very compelling. Wes shares not only from the Bible but also from his own experience as a same-sex attracted Christian man.” In my opinion, everyone in the church needs to hear at least some of these. I’m very glad for having took the time.
Leadership and Productivity: The 8 Hours of Sleep Myth – This article links to a couple of sources showing why 8 hours of sleep is a myth, and the much better alternative.