ScribblePreach Awards 11.26.16

From the Pub: Made for Another World

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C.S. Lewis

Kindle Deal of the Week: Life of Pi

More than seven million copies sold. “A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review. $1.99

Apologetics: 8 Theses on Transgenderism

A wise and helpful treatment of the topic by a smart and level-headed guy. Worth plugging in for this free lunch-length lecture.

Preaching: Your Best Sermons are Your Least Favorite.

I’ve noticed people like my least favorite sermons. Here’s my reflections on why.

Theology: The Fear of Hell is Not Enough.

Here’s an article I wrote earlier this week on a tragic article in the NY Times.

A Glimpse of Truth: Math – The Hidden Secret to Understanding the World.

As St. Augustine said: “Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.”

Books and Lit: Teaching 1984 in 2016

I love not only the passion and method of this teacher, but also the message:

“I am ecstatic to be a teacher at this time in American history. I have a responsibility—not to transform every liberal parent’s progeny into a slightly sharper copy or radicalize future voters skeptical of politics, but to shore up their critical faculties, to make them more skilled readers, writers, and thinkers. And to also make them decent, compassionate, alert, engaged truth-seekers, neither callous, fearful Party enablers nor complacent, dead-eyed Proles who poke their iPhones and scoff at memes and chirp their discontent in brief blips of coherence. Bravery is something that people can be taught. Books may be the best teachers for what to do when the fireworks veer too close.”

Writing: How to Improve Writing Speed and Quality.

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about this. There are aspects of writing – dialogue especially – that benefit greatly from typing as quickly and madly as possible.

Christians and Culture: 10 Resolutions for the Next Election.

This has been an interesting time for Christian in culture. Here are 10 resolutions I’ve made to do things, and encourage others to do things, differently next time.

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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.