ScribblePreach Awards 02.18.17

From the Pub: Modernity and the Institution of the Family “The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. He knows much more of the fierce varieties and uncompromising divergences of men. The reason is obvious. In a large community we can choose our companions. In a small community our […]

ScribblePreach Awards 02.11.17

From the Pub: A Collection of Favorite Audio Quotes from Lord of the Rings “And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.” – GANDALF Kindle Deal of the Week: Berkhof’s Systematic Theology Berkhof’s classic systematic theology for…wait, no. That can’t be right. 99 CENTS. Great on […]

ScribblePreach Awards 02.04.17

From the Pub: C.S. Lewis Talks Lust with a Dog “Supposing you are taking a dog on a lead through a turnstile or past a post. You know what happens (apart from his usual ceremonies in passing a post!). He tries to go to the wrong side and gets his head looped round the post. […]

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 […]

ScribblePreach Awards 01.21.17

From the Pub: Imagine a Mystical Limpet “Why are many people prepared in advance to maintain that, whatever else God may be, He is not the concrete, living, willing, and acting God of Christian theology? I think the reason is as follows. Let us suppose a mystical limpet, a sage among limpets, who (rapt in […]

If You Question It, Delete It.

“Kill your darlings.” – William Faulkner. There is an editor inside you. He doesn’t always give you answers, but he often, as you reread, highlights something. It’s the sentence that keeps catching your eye – the one you keep questioning. It’s the point you’re just not sure about. Of course, your inner editor is passive […]

I Need Risk Calculators.

Calculating risk is a good thing.  You may be a risk calculator. You may err on the side of caution. Good – the church, your organization, what have you – we need you.  Or, you may be like me: I tend toward pioneering, Han Solo style: “Never tell me the odds.” Risk? I don’t want […]

A Theology of Privilege

From the first, I don’t see anything inherently wrong in privilege. But I do – as Jesus – see something inherently dangerous. And I think we white, western protestant types are particular susceptible. Take some case studies: Relativism – A symptom of not having Assad’s bombs hovering over your head every morning and evening. Relativism is […]

ScribblePreach Awards 01.14.17

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 […]

Why Must Paul Preach With Clarity?

“At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:4 How can Paul say he “ought” to […]