ScribblePreach Awards 04.01.17

Hello All,

ScribblePreach has been out of commission for the last two weeks, as Brenna and I have explored a potential call to a Reformed University Fellowship opportunity. I’m back today, obviously, with three weeks of curated gold, just for you. But if you would lift my family up and prayer as we discern, and ask God’s provision if He so calls us, I would be deeply grateful.

From the Pub: The Universe is Perfectly Lonely

“The universe is of necessity the perfectly lonely thing. You may state the eternal problem in the form of saying: “Why is there a Cosmos?” But you can state it just as well by saying: “Why is there an omnibus?” You can say: “Why is there everything?” You can say instead: “Why is there anything?” For that law and sequence and harmony and inevitability on which science so proudly insists are in their nature only true of the relations of the parts to each other. The whole, the nature of things itself, is not legal, is not consecutive, is not harmonious, and not inevitable. It is wild, like a poem; arbitrary, like a poem; unique, like a poem.” – GK CHESTERTON

Kindle Deal of the Week: The Great Divorce

One of my favorites of C.S. Lewis, for $1.99.

Preaching: Personality and Preaching

Why do some preachers seem so electric, while others put us to sleep? One answer is personality: which means, the answer is always the same and never the same.

Apologetics: Secularism and Our Christian Hope

Here’s a good little intro to the way we might think of secularism from a presuppositionalist perspective.

Theology: Preaching the Ten Commandments

As I’ve been preaching through the commandments the past two weeks, I found this article impressively clear and concise.

A Glimpse of Truth: Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever

Fascinating, sad, horrifying, honest – I don’t know what to say about this article, except that so many elements of the gospel-less human condition are herein contained.

Books and Lit: Here’s How Many Books You Can Read Before You Die.

So choose wisely, and get reading.

Writing: 4 Things Beth Moore Taught me About Writing

I’m not a huge Beth Moore follower – okay, not at all – but she is an impressive communicator. This article brings out some reasons why.

Christians and Culture: The Benedict Option: Good Solution, Bad Posture

I’m most of the way through Rod Dreher’s new book. I’ve found it really stimulating, although on the whole I don’t see how I can get on board with Dreher’s worldview. Trevin Wax articulates why better than I.

Micro Book Review: Saturate

Saturate is Jeff Vanderstelt’s introduction to missional communities – I found the anecdotes very illuminating and inspiring, but in the end, his prescription was a little too complicated for me and ill-defined. For example, one of the core values of a missional community is “Listening”, which apparently means hearing one another’s stories, as well as “listening to God on others’ behalf” (whatever that means…it seems like a dangerous concept), as well as “listening to God” as a group, and as individuals…it’s just not a very clean category.

Speaking of the “Listening to God” category, I do feel Vanderstelt falls prey to the critique often leveled at the missional community model: it’s truly not word-centered. Lots of talk about how communities bring people to Christ – even by skipping the proclamation on the word on Sundays to serve them – and little about how God’s word is the orchestra for those communities.

So, overall, I still prefer Brad House’s “Community” for most small group leaders, although I’d happily hand this out for someone looking for inspiration in pulling it off.

3 out of 5 stars.

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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.