The ScribblePreach Awards 10.21.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: The NIV Application Commentary Series – This quality commentary series is on sale for $4.99 a piece, typically each is about $25 digital! Included on sale: Galatians, 1 & 2 Timothy (and Titus), 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Colossians and Philemon, Philippians, Ephesians1 & 2 Thessalonians, and Doug Moo on Romans!

Apologetics: On the Key to Reaching Unbelievers – Devin Maddox wisely takes us beyond the argument over ‘degrees of contextualization’ to the very heart of the matter: whether or not we have compassion.

Preaching: Writing Sermons in Community – I love the main point of this article, but I would add a pretty radical qualifier, which is that if we make our sermon evaluation group a church staff, our sermons are going to become increasingly “insider speak”. At least half the feedback needs to be from non-Christians.

Theology: The Missing Elements of Modern Worship – Tim Challies nails it, here. I think this says a lot about what church services are really typically about…us.

Spiritual Life: John Owen on Delighting in Worship – Speaking of worship, here’s a positive injunction from the man himself: John Owen.

Fun: Jimi Hendrix Plays “Sgt Pepper” Just Three Days After Release – This is a really interesting story, with some video footage and speculation to boot.

A Glimpse of Truth: The Town that Isn’t – This episode of radiolab hones in on the divisions separating our country, by looking at a small town that decided to…not exist. A fascinating and harrowing look at conflict without the gospel.

Writing: Why the Best Writing is ‘Steeped in Knowledge’ – This interview with Terry McDonell—editor, journalist and media entrepreneur for Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Outside – is steeped in knowledge indeed.

Christians and Culture: Quotes from the Centered and Sent Conference – Some wonderful and timely quips from Tim Keller and others. 

Leadership and Productivity: John D. Rockefeller’s Keys to Success – Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with making power plays. Just the opposite.

Mercy and Justice: Lecrae is Done Explaining Himself – Brothers and sisters, we can do better than this. Please don’t wrap up the true, sad story Lecrae is telling into your own.

New! Marriage and Family: Happy Daddy, Happy Home – I love the honesty and wisdom in the campus minister interviewed, here. Great stuff.

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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.