Kindle Deal of the Week: The Pilgrim’s Regress – Lewis’s earliest post-Christian nonfiction work, for $1.99
Apologetics: 20 Quotes from Tim Keller’s Prequel to The Reason for God – You really can’t go wrong, here.
Preaching: Three Tips for Teaching OT Narratives – Three concise, excellent and wise tips on preaching narrative that I’ve been chewing on all week.
Theology: The Crucified King – In the most compelling section of Treat’s work, he argues against the idea that Jesus is enthroned *after* his crucifixion, as we typically think (resurrection, then ascension, which is Jesus’ inauguration). Instead, he claims the crucifixion was Jesus’ enthronement, which has crazy cool implications for Christian ethics:
“In his article ‘Crucifixion as Parodic Exaltation,’ Marcus explores Roman perceptions of crucifixion, arguing that the ‘lifting up’ on the cross was a parody of the victim’s own self-exaltation. In other words, crucifixion was a mock enthronement. Marcus claims that by employing such irony, Mark is mocking the mockery and thereby revealing that the one crucified as a pretender king truly is king. Marcus’s summary is compelling: ‘Ensconced on the royal seat of the cross, the crucified person was a king of fools; but the supreme irony for Mark is that in the present instance this laughingstock of a ‘king’ is indeed being installed as the monarch of the universe. Having been clothed, crowned, and hailed as a king in the previous section, Jesus is now royally enthroned— on a cross’.” – Jeremy R. Treat
Spiritual Life: The Bible Project Reading Plan – I want to commend to you something I’ve been using with our youth group this year: the Bible Project Reading Plan. I love it, because it takes you through one book at a time, and also holds your hand by providing short, well-crafted videos before you start reading. Excellent resource. Highly recommended.
Fun: Between Two Ferns – Okay, so this interview from Zach Galifianakus, frustratingly, is a homage to Hillary Clinton in the guise of a mockery of her. Not that I want her to be mocked…but I get increasingly irritated by folks who think they’re doing something bold and courageous by following the mainline stance. Anyway – all that aside. This is absolutely hilarious.
A Glimpse of Truth: The ‘Inevitable’ Evolution of Science – The Atlantic with a killer critique of the idea that science is a good arbiter of truth. Actually, modern scientific views are market-driven, not truth-driven…surprise!
Writing: Don’t Make Stuff for Money – “Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.” – Josh Green
Books and Lit: Not Entertained Enough – Karen Swallow Prior gently takes some prominent theologians and writers to task on their low view of entertainment. So good.
Christians and Culture: Openings in Our Fractured Republic – This article takes WORK, son. But the little I comprehended was very helpful. Very. James K.A. Smith rocks it.
Leadership and Productivity: The Difference Between Good Leaders and Great Ones – This is interesting, though I do wonder what the word ‘forceful’ actually means.
New! Mercy and Justice: Are You Going to Hurt Me? – This is a category that always seems to want to make its way into my weekly awards. So here it is, kicking off with a beautiful piece of writing from Tim Challies.