The ScribblePreach Awards 05.09.2017

From the Pub: All Marriages are Beautiful Mistakes

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might have found more suitable mates. But the “real soul-mate” is the one you are actually married to. You really do very little choosing: life and circumstance do most of it (though if there is a God these must be His instruments, or His appearances). – JRR TOLKIEN, LETTERS

Kindle Deal of the Week: Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into 150 Weird and Wonderful Words

This looks like a ton of fun for my fellow word nerds, for $1.99

Preaching: Tim Keller on Teaching Skeptics

The latest in the “How to Teach the Bible” podcast has been a slew of excellence.

Apologetics: Does the Earliest Gospel Claim Christ’s Deity?

This is the critique leveled by the Bart Ehrman’s of the world: Mark doesn’t claim Jesus is divine; this was added later. I thought this a good, clear, simple rejoinder.

Theology: Responding to Open Theism in 14 Words

A wonderful, concise response to this ever prevalent theological error.

A Glimpse of Truth: The Handmaid’s Tale: A Longing for Peace and Justice

Christ and Pop Culture takes a look at Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a longing for the gospel.

Books and Lit: James Durham on Reading

Some Puritan Principles for Provocatively Pure Perusing of Paperbacks.

Writing: Stop Thinking

“It’s funny, I teach writing, and before I taught I never would guessed the thing I say most often is: “Please stop thinking.” But people really write better without thinking, by which I mean without self-consciousness. I’m not calculating about what I write, which means I have very little control over it. It’s not that I decide what to write and carry it out. It’s more that I grope my way towards something—not even knowing what it is until I’ve arrived. I’ve gotten better over the years at accepting this. Of course, the intellect wants to kick in—and, in the later drafts, it should. But in the early stages of a book, I deal with potential self-consciousness by literally hushing the critical voices in my head. The voices that tell you: “Oh, those aren’t the words you want,” or “you shouldn’t be working on this part now,” or “why not use the present tense?”—on and on. Anyone who’s ever written anything is familiar with that chorus.” – KATHRYN HARRISON

Christians and Culture: Quiz: What Political Theology Are You?

This is fun.

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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.