Kindle Deal of the Week: Bob Dylan: All The Songs – The Story Behind Every Track. This is a $50 book for $3.99! I’m purchasing it for a few reasons: a. The magnificent discount. b. My creative writing tutor in Oxford thought Dylan was the best contemporary American writer we’ve produced c. Dylan’s songs make for perennially better reading than listening.
Apologetics: From My Journal: It’s interesting that so many folks (according to recent Lifeway research) want to affirm that God accepts all forms of worship. It’s especially interesting because the three major religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – reject that notion on the basis of the Exodus narrative, where Yahweh presents himself as a superior God, and the worship of the Egyptians as abhorrent. So saying “all religions are equal” is really just a sly way of saying, “I reject the major claim of the three major world religions”. It would be better, or at least more truthful, to say, “I reject all religion.” Or, “I’m a Hindu.”
Preaching: A Checklist for More Persuasive Presentations – This doesn’t all apply to preaching, but preachers can still take some gold from this article.
Theology: N.T. Wright on Jesus’ Revolution – I liked Michael Horton’s review of N.T. Wright’s book, but I liked this lengthy interview with N.T. Wright about it even better.
Spiritual Life: Martyn Lloyd Jones on Ministry Idolatry – I’ve heard these late in life lines from MLJ, but, they’re always striking.
Fun: Luke Cage Gets a Family Matters Makeover – I grew up on Family Matters…This redone intro to the new B.A. Luke Cage series on Netflix cracked me up.
A Glimpse of Truth: The Binge Breaker – This story in the Atlantic is about tech pioneer Tristan Harris, who is convinced technology companies are taking advantage of our psychology to promote their products. This is nothing new, but I believe in 50 years we’ll look at social media the way we look at tobacco companies today. Lots of truth in this one.
Writing: 7 Bad Writing Habits You Learned in School – As it turns out, writing for teachers is not the same as writing for readers.
Christians and Culture: Restoring Civility in the Public Square – Tim Keller is about to speak at a big convention on this, and his word to Christians is well-timed.
Leadership and Productivity: Leaders Shape Culture Through Behavior – Forget the tactics. People watch what you do.
Mercy and Justice: 5 Dangers of the Patriarchy Movement – Sometimes called the “complementarian” movement, but it’s really a perversion of it. I resonated with this article for so many reasons.
New! Marriage and Family: Parents, Let your ‘No’ be ‘No’. I always find good stuff in this category, and never have a place for it. Well, here it is.