From the Pub: A New Year
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterward. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” – GK CHESTERTON
Kindle Deal of the Week: Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
I’ve been a big fan of Karen Swallow Prior’s online presence over the last year. She’s a literary scholar and talent, and her book is on sale for 99 cents. You’re welcome.
Apologetics: What Christianity Alone Offers Transgender Persons
“Knowing these things should make us compassionate. While much of the thinking around transgender issues today is flawed, the pain experienced by those with gender dysphoria is all too real. We of all people should appreciate why, for we of all people understand the true depth of what’s wrong with this world. Our churches should be the places people feel most safe trying to articulate their own sense of not being right.”
Preaching: Simplicity in Preaching
J.C. Ryle my man backing me up with his mad skillz.
Theology: Our Pseudo-Reformed Rhetoric
I wrote three brief posts this week on the ways we reformed folks can use the sufficiency and power of God’s word as an excuse, rather than a call to act in accordance. Here’s part 1, part 2, and part 3.
A Glimpse of Truth: Entitlement is Optional
“Entitlement gets us nothing but heartache. It blinds us to what’s possible. It insulates us from the magic of gratitude. And most of all, it lets us off the hook, pushing us away from taking responsibility (and action) and toward apportioning blame and anger instead.”
Books and Lit: Francis Schaeffer and the Arts: A Retrospective.
This is a really epic and scholarly treatment of Schaeffer’s critiques and reflections on the arts by an excellent scholar and art historian.
Writing: Get It Out There
I needed to hear this: “If you have a good idea, get it out there. For every idea I’ve realized, I have ten I sat on for a decade till someone else did it first. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” – JOSS WHEDON
Christians and Culture: Os Guinness on the Church and Civilization
This is an extraordinary use of your time. Guinness did yearly lectures at Gordon Conwell while I was there, and I’d start salivating a month ahead of time. Listening to him always felt like waking up out of a cultural dream and seeing for the first time.