The Scribblepreach Awards 10.29.16

 Kindle Deal of the Week: Letters to a Young Calvinist – James K.A. Smith’s commentary and critique of the YRR movement. Don’t miss it, for $2.99.

Apologetics: Infinite Jest – Some brutal honesty from one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed secular writers:

“It now lately seemed like a kind of black miracle to me that people could actually care deeply about a subject or pursuit, and could go on caring this way for years on end. Could dedicate their entire lives to it.

It seemed admirable and at the same time pathetic.

We are all dying to give our lives away to something, maybe God or Satan, politics or grammar, topology or philately – the object seemed incidental to this will to give oneself away, utterly. To games or needles, to some other person.

Something pathetic about it. A flight-from in the form of plunging-into. Flight from exactly what? These rooms blandly filled with excrement and meat?

To what purpose?”

Preaching: Preach in a Mild State of Panic – I actually agree with this article, but there are two extremes, and both of them make the congregation feel irrelevant: being read to, and being memorized to. I find one write-through and on talk-through are the perfect amount to keep my mildly “panicked’ without losing the thunder.

Theology: A Response to Andy Stanley – John Piper takes on the recent discussion over biblical inerrancy and Andy Stanley in a careful, winsome manner.

Spiritual Life: Do You Read the Bible Enough? DG puts this question into perspective.

Fun: Black Jeopardy – This is one of the most ingenious comedy skits I’ve ever seen, not because of the humor, but because of the surprisingly positive message it manages to portray.

A Glimpse of Truth: Big Lies Often Begin as Small Ones:  The NY Times on the mortification of sin, anyone?

Writing: Writers Read– Just as composers go to concerts and artists visit galleries, writers read. You will learn, in the most enjoyable way, more about style and language from reading good literature than you will ever acquire from workshops and how-to books.

Christians and Culture: Can the Religious Right Be Saved? Russell Moore’s speech which Rod Dreher recently called one of the most important of the century so far.

Leadership and Productivity: Stop Waiting to Be Picked – Some advice from Jeff Goins.

Mercy and Justice: The End of the Old Guard Evangelicals – Yes, I’m cheating, because this is just a summary of what Russell Moore said above. But it’s so, so important.

New! Marriage and Family: Why kids need Grandparents – And vice versa.

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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.