Scribblepreach Awards 10.08.16

A Personal Update: Today I’m in West Virginia, taking an interview with a committee of the New River Presbytery of the PCA. We’re talking about starting a new campus ministry at West Virginia University, a school of 30,000-some students, and the #3 party school in the nation (with lots of drug/meth-specifically addictions to boot). We’ve sensed God’s call to campus ministry for some time, and would covet your prayers for discernment on our part and the presbytery’s committee.

Kindle Deal of the Week: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy – This wildly popular treatment by Eric Metaxas is a steal for $2.99.

Apologetics: Why God’s Sexual Ethic is Good for the World – You can’t get three better people talking on this issue.

Preaching: What Makes a Great Teacher? I think Dr. Murray’s point about teachers applies to preachers as well, and I’ve been chewing on it all week.

Theology: Evangelicals, Heresy, and Scripture Alone – This article is so welcome. “Sola scriptura” does not mean “Solo scriptura”…but most evangelicals seem to think it does, according to the latest polls.

Spiritual Life: The Instagram Bible: “Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters – those filtered frames festooned with feathered verses, adorned in all manner of loops and tails, bedecked with blossoms, saturated with sunsets, culled and curated just for you.”

Fun: Bad Lip Reading of the Debate – So “Bad Lip Reading” put up a version of the presidential debate that is better than the original. Not hard to do, but still.

A Glimpse of Truth: A Rabbi’s Enduring Sermon on Your Last Five Minutes – This is a powerful story. It doesn’t ultimately capture what I think a Christian’s thoughts should be in their last five minutes, but it was still very stirring and convicting to me (thus, a “glimpse” of truth…)

Writing: Stop Trying to Sound Smart When You’re Writing – Yes. Yes, please do.

Christians and Culture: 4 Cultural Trends Leading to the Decline of Religious Liberty – It’s striking that we actually founded most of these trends!

Leadership and Productivity: 10 Tips from 10 Years – Stephen McAlpine with 10 reflections from his 10 years in ministry.

New! Mercy and Justice: Diversity and Music This article by Leon Brown is a helpful hand for churches wanting to seek diversity…don’t assume all black cultures love gospel music!

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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.