The ScribblePreach Awards 11.19.16

From the Pub: The Thing

“In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.” – G.K. Chesterton

Kindle Deal of the Week: Shakespeare Saved My Life

Kirkus calls this “An eye-opening study reiterating the perennial power of books, self-discipline, and the Bard of Avon.” On sale for $4.99

Apologetics: Paul’s Preaching and Postmodernism

I just can’t get enough of this guy, Poythress. So brilliant. So biblically wise. Now we need to take all that wisdom locked up behind the walls of Westminster and use it in the real world. Go.

Preaching: No Application, No Sermon.

There’s been pushback to this, but I don’t think any of it read the article well. Much agreed.

Theology: A New (And Attractive) Definition of Holiness.

Sinclair Ferguson ties God’s holiness to the love of the Trinity in a most compelling way.

A Glimpse of Truth: Leonard Cohen, the Christ Haunted.

What an interesting look at the man who claimed no religion. The more I read of his lyrics, the more prophetic they seem.

Writing: Me and the Muse

Steven Pressfield with his zen wisdom on the act of writing. You should subscribe and get a healthy dose of him.

Christians and Culture: How the Early Church Changed the World

Tim Keller offers some great insights on how the early church changed the world…and how we can follow in their footsteps.

Books and Lit: How to Write a Story

Here’s an interesting TEDx talk that gives about 50 great little pieces of beginner’s advice for storytelling. Great for writers and preachers and Moms and Dads alike.


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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.