ScribblePreach Awards 11.05.16 (And Survey Results)

Thank you to all who have taken the ScribblePreach survey thus far – it’s been an immense help in my thinking how to serve you going forward.

If you haven’t yet, would you take 2 minutes to answer 5 quick questions about your ScribblePreach experience here: ScribblePreach Survey?

Some takeaways so far: It seems to me that most of you who faithfully read the ScribblePreach Awards are interested in the stated mission of my site, to help you “creatively communicate timeless truth.” Fairly consistently, the categories in my Awards that don’t meet that aim are the least popular, and those that do, the most. 

For those who took the survey (or haven’t), would you agree or disagreement with that assessment?

That being said, I’m going to eliminate a few that are clear losers this week, and add one for good measure:

From the Pub

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I’ve added this category, “From the pub” to be a collection of quotes from arguably the most effective creative communicators of the last century: the Inklings (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, and their great influencers George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton. I’m also reconsidering naming my weekly newsletter based on their meeting place: ‘The Eagle and Child’, or ‘The Eagle and Child Post’. Any thoughts?)

Kindle Deal of the Week: How God Became King – An absolutely essential read by N.T. Wright, dealing with the centrality of Christ’s kingship in the gospels.

Apologetics: The Only Four Responses You Need to the Hatmaker Controversy: Popular author Jen Hatmaker has just “come out” as an LGBT supporter. This is not the worst thing in the world. But you do need to know how to respond (But why is this under apologetics, you ask? Because, as Wesley Hill notes, this is indeed a matter of basic orthodoxy, not Christian freedom).

Preaching: Pastoral Visitation and Preaching – Dr. David Murray has a killer roundup of Puritan quotes on the relationship between these two vital pastoral functions.

Theology: The Priesthood of All Believers – Timothy George on what Luther meant by this phrase, and more importantly, what he didn’t.

A Glimpse of Truth: The Dalai Lama and our Anxiety: Of course, I don’t accept everything the Dalai Lama says, here. But he does key in on a key human truth: “In one shocking experiment, researchers found that senior citizens who didn’t feel useful to others were nearly three times as likely to die prematurely as those who did feel useful. This speaks to a broader human truth: We all need to be needed.”

Writing: A Key to Great Writing: Make Every Word Count – Jane Friedman’s guest offers some great examples of repetitive, monotonous, overdone, overly-synonymous writing.

Christians and Culture: Long Before Twitter, Martin Luther was a Media Pioneer – Martin Luther, converting us to Twitter one soul at a time.

Literature and Fiction: The Forgotten Novel that Inspired Home-Sickness for an Imaginary Land – So…how do I get a copy without spending $50?

Platform Building: The Best-Seller Myth – An extraordinary article on the myth of becoming a “best-seller”…and what that actually means.

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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.

One Comment

  1. If you call a Half-Price Books store, you can probably get Islandia for a normal price. They make the prices really high online but the stores sell cheap. Weird but true.

    About the name, mine is only one opinion but I like the one you have. Think it’s descriptive and succinct.

    One more thing, about the Jen Hatmaker issue. I’m reading so much of what people are saying about her, and at her, but no engagement with her. It’s a little disconcerting to watch people pass judgment so publicly when she is already paying heavy consequences for her honesty. As usual, we are very good at shooting our wounded.

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