I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on what my particular call is in the blog world, and this has led me to pair down this week’s Awards. There are plenty of people doing theology, spiritual life, fun stuff – my call is to equip Christian communicators to be as effective as possible. So, I’ve trimmed the categories, and added one, toward that end. Hope you enjoy:
Kindle Deal of the Week: Aristotle’s Poetics – I mentioned Poetics in this week’s video. Grab it here for 99 cents.
Apologetics Award: Right, Wrong, and the Meaning of the Universe – When I first watched this a few weeks ago, I thought the voice was actually C.S. Lewis’s, and came away extremely disappointed…now that I know it’s not him, I enjoy it more.
Preaching Award: Cotton Mather on Preaching – Here’s a nice little sum of excerpts from Cotton Mather’s most fruitful preaching ministry.
Illustration Award: How Covenants Make Us – (This segment is not “new”, because it was originally titled, “A Glimpse of Truth”…but it was just a fancy (and more confusing) way of saying – illustrations for the secular world) David Brooks brings a load of intellectual weight to bear on the fact that we are covenant creatures.
Writing Award: Flannery O’Connor’s 10 Writing Tips – I’ve never read these before, I don’t believe. Awesome.
Books and Lit Award: The Classical Education You Never Had – Here’s a great AOM podcast making the case for classical education (for YOU).
New! Rhetoric and Persuasion Award: Have a Conversation – This whole article is full of stunningly biased language, so if you’re prickly, don’t read. But it’s a fascinating look at how the LGBT community seeks to persuade.
Christians and Culture Award – Safe Schools and Gender Non-Conformity – Kevin DeYoung sets a wonderful example of how to engage a secularized culture from a biblical perspective. Notice how he makes appeals to common ground.