ScribblePreach Awards, 12.03.2016

A Shameless Plug: Faker, WORLD Magazine’s Christmas Choice for Teens

So thrilled that WORLD Magazine chose my book “Faker” as this year’s Christmas choice for teens! Now go buy a copy for a teen you love (right here).

P.S. – the above title link is to WORLD Magazine’s radio program. If you want to hear a short plug, go to November 28th, 23:00 minutes in.

P.P.S. If you want to read the review, you can do so here (under the heading, “Epilogue”).

From the Pub: C.S. Lewis on Democracy

“I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. And whenever their weakness is exposed, the people who prefer tyranny make capital out of the exposure… The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.” -C.S. Lewis

Kindle Deal of the Week: Reflections on the Psalms

So, this is not C.S. Lewis’s best, as his theology of scripture is a little less than robust. But still, OF COURSE, you will find lots of greatness in this audio version of the book for only $4.95.

Apologetics: The Doctrine of the Word of God

“It is absurd to imagine that Jesus, in the parable of Matthew 13:31-32, was giving his hearers the conclusion of an exhaustive botanical taxonomy, and it is irresponsible to demand that we read the text in such a way. One often hears the charge that believers in inerrancy read the Bible as a textbook of science. But certainly critics of inerrancy do the same in cases such as this one.” – John Frame

Preaching: Preaching with Eloquence?

Greek scholar Bill Mounce takes to task the translation of Corinthians which has Paul condemning “eloquent speech”. This is of special interest to me, as it’s been quoted at me multiple times on my blog.

Theology: Don’t Settle for the Gospel of Self Fulfillment

A good and timely word form Trevin Wax.

A Glimpse of Truth: Tom Brady, Sociologist of Religion. 

“I sit in those stands, and I look across the ‘congregation’ … and I’m like, ‘I don’t know how much I have in common with these people anymore,’” he said. “And yet in this one thing, for these three hours, we have something in common: We share a mythology. We share a belief system. We share an experience. … I wish we could have more of it right now. I think we need it.”

Books and Lit: 100 Books Every Man Should Read

I don’t know how this list was come by, but it’s actually quite good.

Writing: Type Furiously

Here’s a post I wrote earlier this week. It’s about a unique discipline I learned that enabled me to write 10x more than was typical for me.

Christians and Culture: C.S. Lewis and the Art of Disagreement 

This is a fantastic second person perspective on C.S. Lewis’s irenic style. He was charming, unafraid, and boldly open-minded – characteristics I wouldn’t typically cite for Christians in the States.

Micro Book Review: Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield” 

3 out of 5 stars.

I finished this on a plane ride this last weekend. I know it’s supposed to be Dickens’ masterpiece, but it was probably my least favorite of his work. I particularly enjoyed the character of Uriah Heep, but the novel as a whole was pretty dull and way too long. One of the few times I didn’t feel guilty skipping swaths of text, only to find at the end a rather predictable conclusion.

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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.


  1. I’m glad you included Reflections on the Psalms. It is well worth reading. He admits he is not a trained theologian but merely giving some reflections (as the title says) that he[s had as he has read through the psalms over the years. Some of those insights are invaluable to me. It wasn’t until I read his take on the imprecatory psalms – and Psalm 137 in particular – that I understood their place in the canon of Scripture.

    • I remember you writing on that, Tim. I’m always nervous about readings of C.S. Lewis, though…wonder if it’s the same.

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