ScribblePreach Awards 01.28.17

From the Pub: The Immortal Function of Poetry

“The evil which infects the immense goodness of existence does not embody itself in the fact that men are weary of woes and oppressions. It embodies itself in the shameful fact that they are often weary of joys and weary of generosities. Poetry, the highest form of literature, has here its immortal function; it is engaged continually in a desperate and divine battle against things being taken for granted. A fierce sense of the value of things lies at the heart [of literature].” – GK CHESTERTON

Kindle Deal of the Week: A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis

For $1.99, with a commendation from the biographer of Lewis himself, Walter Hooper.

Preaching: How to Have Better Political Conversations

This TEDx talk shows how we often try to persuade others without considering what they value. But since I don’t know most of you, I can’t use his tactics to persuade you to read this. I’d love strike up a conversation about how we translate this into preaching.

Apologetics: Why Sharing Fake News Harms Our Witness

A couple of great articles out there on this. This one is from Ed Stetzer.

Theology: Manipulative Repentance: 8 Flag Phrases

I found this article immensely helpful, and one I’ll probably print and revisit over the years.

A Glimpse of Truth: Justifying Violence for Ideological Reasons

I’ve recently discovered Alastair Roberts, and I’m really enjoying him. Riffing off of the viral video of Richard Spenser being ker-POWED, he artfully demonstrates the self-imploding logic of progressivism.

Books and Lit: Is Art Really All About Beauty?

I’ve been hee-hawing over how to articulate what this article is getting at from multiples perspectives. It doesn’t quite get it, but it’s reaching in the right direction.

Writing: What Professors Are Writing…No One is Reading

I’ve considered from time to time pursuing PhD studies – but this articulates what regularly puts the nail in the coffin for me. Secularized education makes us essentially useless bubbled up widgets.

Christians and Culture: Trump Turns Postmodernism on Itself

In line with the article above, I found this an incredibly helpful look at why so many have flocked to Donald Trump this election season. I told someone the other day I felt like my Trump-enthusiastic friends were speaking in a language I couldn’t understand, no matter how hard I tried. This helped in a charitable way.

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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.