Scribblepreach Awards 09.10.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: The True Secret of Writing – From the author of “Writing Down the Bones,” for $3.99

Apologetics: From my Journal: It’s really not coherent to claim tolerance if you’ve ever been indignant about…anything. Because at root, ethics are theological implications. We see this in Moses’ encounter with Pharaoh, but we also see it in a relatively contemporary crisis: American slavery. Many under the yolk of slavery categorized their oppression as ‘bad theology’, such as Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave): ““I could not comprehend the justice of that law, or that religion, which upholds or recognizes the principle of slavery;”.

To say that all religions are equal is to look Northup in the eye and say, “You’re a bigot.” Maybe tolerance is a privilege for those of us who’ve never experienced oppression. Maybe it’s less of an opinion, and more of a luxury. Because tolerance can’t do anything for oppression but smile and pat it on the head. Is that really what you want for this world?

Preaching: What’s Preaching For? Peter Leithart with some interesting application of Medieval theology to the task of preaching. 

Theology: The Crucified King: “If one defines the kingdom as a utopian world without mentioning God, they miss the whole point of the kingdom, which redefines the world in terms of God’s kingship. R.T. France put it well: ‘The kingdom of God’ is not making a statement about a ‘thing’ called ‘the kingdom’, but about God, that he is king.” – Jeremy R. Treat

Spiritual Life – Spiritual Disciplines and the Sinkhole Syndrome – This one hit me hard.

Fun: Makeup Artists Becomes Ron Swanson – I’m a Parks and Rec fan….not sure whether to be impressed by this or creeped out.

A Glimpse of Truth: Pondering Miracles, Medical and Religious – An atheistic doctor talks about what he learned in his encounters with the vatican, and ultimately concluding that his science is its own sort of religion. 

Writing: 20 Words Smart People Misuse – So…I have a writer’s confession: I am a king of malopropism. These types of articles are for me.

Books and Lit: No, The Internet Has Not Killed the Book – For those of us in the ‘normal’ bracket:“They want books to be available wherever they are,” Mr. Rainie said. “They’ll read an ebook on a crowded bus, curl up with a printed book when they feel like that, and go to bed with a tablet.”

Christians and Culture: Understanding Generation Snowflake – When Carl Trueman speaks of Generation Snowflake, he’s talking about this: Campuses Train Students to Be Insulted (oops, changed the title a bit).

Leadership and Productivity: Pastoral Visitation – I’m going to post two articles, and let you duke it out: 15 Reasons Your Pastors Should Not Visit Much, and the response:  Pastoral Visitation a “Sign of Sickness”? I wonder if this debate actually has more to do with church size. I can see Dr. Murray’s point in a congregation under 150, but I can see Dr. Rainer’s views being necessary as the congregation grows beyond that point.

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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.