Scribblepreach Awards 09.24.16

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.

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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.