Scribblepreach Awards 09.24.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: The Pilgrim’s Regress – Lewis’s earliest post-Christian nonfiction work, for $1.99

Apologetics: 20 Quotes from Tim Keller’s Prequel to The Reason for God – You really can’t go wrong, here.

Preaching: Three Tips for Teaching OT Narratives – Three concise, excellent and wise tips on preaching narrative that I’ve been chewing on all week.

Theology: The Crucified King – In the most compelling section of Treat’s work, he argues against the idea that Jesus is enthroned *after* his crucifixion, as we typically think (resurrection, then ascension, which is Jesus’ inauguration). Instead, he claims the crucifixion was Jesus’ enthronement, which has crazy cool implications for Christian ethics:

“In his article ‘Crucifixion as Parodic Exaltation,’ Marcus explores Roman perceptions of crucifixion, arguing that the ‘lifting up’ on the cross was a parody of the victim’s own self-exaltation. In other words, crucifixion was a mock enthronement. Marcus claims that by employing such irony, Mark is mocking the mockery and thereby revealing that the one crucified as a pretender king truly is king. Marcus’s summary is compelling: ‘Ensconced on the royal seat of the cross, the crucified person was a king of fools; but the supreme irony for Mark is that in the present instance this laughingstock of a ‘king’ is indeed being installed as the monarch of the universe. Having been clothed, crowned, and hailed as a king in the previous section, Jesus is now royally enthroned— on a cross’.” – Jeremy R. Treat

Spiritual Life: The Bible Project Reading Plan – I want to commend to you something I’ve been using with our youth group this year: the Bible Project Reading Plan. I love it, because it takes you through one book at a time, and also holds your hand by providing short, well-crafted videos before you start reading. Excellent resource. Highly recommended.

Fun: Between Two Ferns – Okay, so this interview from Zach Galifianakus, frustratingly, is a homage to Hillary Clinton in the guise of a mockery of her. Not that I want her to be mocked…but I get increasingly irritated by folks who think they’re doing something bold and courageous by following the mainline stance. Anyway – all that aside. This is absolutely hilarious.

A Glimpse of Truth: The ‘Inevitable’ Evolution of Science – The Atlantic with a killer critique of the idea that science is a good arbiter of truth. Actually, modern scientific views are market-driven, not truth-driven…surprise!

Writing: Don’t Make Stuff for Money – “Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.” – Josh Green

Books and Lit: Not Entertained Enough – Karen Swallow Prior gently takes some prominent theologians and writers to task on their low view of entertainment. So good. 

Christians and Culture: Openings in Our Fractured Republic – This article takes WORK, son. But the little I comprehended was very helpful. Very. James K.A. Smith rocks it.

Leadership and Productivity: The Difference Between Good Leaders and Great Ones – This is interesting, though I do wonder what the word ‘forceful’ actually means.

New! Mercy and Justice: Are You Going to Hurt Me? – This is a category that always seems to want to make its way into my weekly awards. So here it is, kicking off with a beautiful piece of writing from Tim Challies.

So, Sometimes I Mess Up…Big Time.

Hey Everyone,

I recently received a response from one my readers asking me to reconsider my little “microaggression” on the article about microaggression. After re-reading the article, I think he’s absolutely right. The reason is that MOST (but not all) of the examples in the article are examples of truly racist remarks, and I don’t at all want to minimize how evil and damaging these things are, not only on campuses, but anywhere in society.

What I don’t appreciate about the article is the way it lumps gender issues into racism, which I think is offensive to minorities. Being surprised that someone is a lesbian “because you’re so feminine” is a result of culture’s own mass confusion about the nature of gender. And saying “you guys”is a microaggression is a result of our culture’s impoverished view of language and oversensitivity by those who currently hold the cultural cards.

However, I do not find ANY of the racist remarks in the article endorsable or acceptable in any way whatsoever.

So, if I’ve promoted racism, or offended my readers who are minorities and have experienced the oppression of racist remarks, please forgive me. No excuses.

Nick

Scribblepreach Awards 09.10.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: The True Secret of Writing – From the author of “Writing Down the Bones,” for $3.99

Apologetics: From my Journal: It’s really not coherent to claim tolerance if you’ve ever been indignant about…anything. Because at root, ethics are theological implications. We see this in Moses’ encounter with Pharaoh, but we also see it in a relatively contemporary crisis: American slavery. Many under the yolk of slavery categorized their oppression as ‘bad theology’, such as Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave): ““I could not comprehend the justice of that law, or that religion, which upholds or recognizes the principle of slavery;”.

To say that all religions are equal is to look Northup in the eye and say, “You’re a bigot.” Maybe tolerance is a privilege for those of us who’ve never experienced oppression. Maybe it’s less of an opinion, and more of a luxury. Because tolerance can’t do anything for oppression but smile and pat it on the head. Is that really what you want for this world?

Preaching: What’s Preaching For? Peter Leithart with some interesting application of Medieval theology to the task of preaching. 

Theology: The Crucified King: “If one defines the kingdom as a utopian world without mentioning God, they miss the whole point of the kingdom, which redefines the world in terms of God’s kingship. R.T. France put it well: ‘The kingdom of God’ is not making a statement about a ‘thing’ called ‘the kingdom’, but about God, that he is king.” – Jeremy R. Treat

Spiritual Life – Spiritual Disciplines and the Sinkhole Syndrome – This one hit me hard.

Fun: Makeup Artists Becomes Ron Swanson – I’m a Parks and Rec fan….not sure whether to be impressed by this or creeped out.

A Glimpse of Truth: Pondering Miracles, Medical and Religious – An atheistic doctor talks about what he learned in his encounters with the vatican, and ultimately concluding that his science is its own sort of religion. 

Writing: 20 Words Smart People Misuse – So…I have a writer’s confession: I am a king of malopropism. These types of articles are for me.

Books and Lit: No, The Internet Has Not Killed the Book – For those of us in the ‘normal’ bracket:“They want books to be available wherever they are,” Mr. Rainie said. “They’ll read an ebook on a crowded bus, curl up with a printed book when they feel like that, and go to bed with a tablet.”

Christians and Culture: Understanding Generation Snowflake – When Carl Trueman speaks of Generation Snowflake, he’s talking about this: Campuses Train Students to Be Insulted (oops, changed the title a bit).

Leadership and Productivity: Pastoral Visitation – I’m going to post two articles, and let you duke it out: 15 Reasons Your Pastors Should Not Visit Much, and the response:  Pastoral Visitation a “Sign of Sickness”? I wonder if this debate actually has more to do with church size. I can see Dr. Murray’s point in a congregation under 150, but I can see Dr. Rainer’s views being necessary as the congregation grows beyond that point.

Scribblepreach Awards 09.03.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: Finishing Our Course With Joy – J.I. Packer’s insights on finishing the Christian life well, for $3.99

Apologetics: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God: “If God is ‘wholly other’, then how can we know or say that He is ‘wholly other’? What right do we have to do theology at all if that is the case? And if God is indistinguishable from the world, why should the theologian even bother to speak of God? Why not simply speak of the world? Is it faith that validates such talk? Faith based on what? Can such faith be more than an irrational leap in the dark?”

Preaching: From My Journal: (this one is unfiltered, so be warned…) I’ve stopped preaching like Tim Keller. Not because I don’t like him. Not because he isn’t good, but because now I’m in the south. Tim Keller’s preaching – *gasp* – isn’t relevant here (I think he would agree, actually). I’ve had way too many pats on the back when I address atheism…which tells me I’m preaching to the wrong crowd. No one is getting offended. I’m realizing why, now: atheists, here, are like Big Foot. We’ve only seen pictures of them in the newspaper. So when I argue with atheists, I get a lot of “Yeah go GET those damned atheists!” which is not at all what I’m trying to do, here.

Before, I needed to address Christian skeptics. Now my apologetic is aimed at “Christians”, who don’t understand the nature of the gospel. The idols here are not couched in atheistic secularism. They are consumer Christianity, Christian relativism, Christian individualism, and Christian gnosticism. More on this soon.

Theology: The Life of J. Alec Motyer – I found myself inspired and warmed by this all week, especially as I enjoy the fruit of his work on Exodus.

Spiritual Life – 8 Ways to Overcome Perfectionism. Wow. This is one of the best articles I’ve read on WRITING (even though it’s not about that, really). This kind of thing hits me square between the eyes, in a motivating/encouraging way.

Fun: 3 Stories by Gene Wilder – Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka, Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein), who passed away this week, tells a couple of funny and charming stories about his acting career.

A Glimpse of Truth: What Makes You So Sure? – The New Yorker has a nice, accessible roundup on the history of philosophy (albeit unbeknownst to the author, it seems, it is all framed by the enlightenment). But I appreciated it for its honest conclusion: philosophy has really only left the biggest questions about life wide open.

Writing: 128 Ways to Avoid the Word “Very”Very awesome infographic on this.

Books and Lit: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Angry Acceptance Speech – Please let me be like her when I grow up.

Christians and Culture: Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making it (Small) in Hollywood – This is the best piece I’ve read on Christians engaging culture, and it’s not written by a Christian. Again, more on this soon.

Leadership and Productivity: 20 Quick Tips to Improve Your Productivity. YES. Love when Tim Challies writes on this topic. He’s the best out there.

Scribblepreach Awards 08.27.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: Michael F. Bird’s “Romans” – A brilliant commentary by a brilliant theologian on a brilliant book. Don’t miss it, for $7.99

Apologetics: 3 Ways the Blind Man and the Elephant Story Backfires – Love the way Trevin quotes from a wide variety of sources to make his points.

Preaching: Preachers, Don’t Trust Yourself – Thabiti Anyabwile with some words of wisdom, here.

Spiritual Life: Why You Need a Church (Not Just a Campus Ministry) – I think my life will soon be dedicated to this article.

Theology: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God – “Theology is not needed to remedy formal or material defects in Scripture but to remedy defects in ourselves, the hearers and readers of scripture.”

What Frame is saying here is that theology does not, as Charles Hodge has suggested, put the Bible in its “proper order” (systematics), as though the Bible’s own order were in some way improper. Nor is theology a way to dismiss the “material” facts and claims of scripture with mere expression of religious feelings. Moving on:

“Theology in this sense (as opposed to theology in other senses) has a clear scriptural warrant: Scripture commands us to “teach” in this way (Matt. 28:19 and many other passages). Despite its focus on human need, this definition does full justice to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Sola Scriptura (scripture alone) does not require that human needs be ignored in theology, only that Scripture have the final say about the answers to those needs.”

In other words: theology is simply communicating the truth of the Bible in a way that meets human needs and answers human questions (provided the questions are justified by scripture!)

Fun: 14 Justifiably Forgotten Milton Bradley Games – Such classics as “Let’s be Safe”, “Bigfoot”, and “Do the Urkel!”

A Glimpse of Truth: Ark Encounter and Biblical Literalism – There’s something to affirm and deny in this article on Ken Ham’s newest project, from a secular perspective.

Writing: That vs. Which is – I’ve never understood this, which is really sad. That is, it’s sad which I never understood it.

Books and Lit: Neil Gaiman Reads for Ray Bradbury – I didn’t realize Neil Gaiman had such a great voice. This is a short, funny, clever, 13-minute story Gaiman wrote for Ray Bradbury, about the power of words and stories.

Christians and Culture: What Became of Christian Intellectuals? Alan Jacobs with a rather long, but I think rather important article. Very eye-opening (now that I write that, I realize Satan first crafted that metaphor…maybe I should put it away!)

Leadership and Productivity: How to Speak to Our Culture About Sex – DeYoung, Moore and Keller with lots of honed (but I think admittedly differing) wisdom on this.

Scribblepreach Awards 08.20.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: Louisa May Alcott Collection for $0.49 – All of her works, including Little Women and Little Men.

Apologetics: Jesus an egomaniac? Here’s a transcript of John Piper’s talk to Google, answering the question: “Is God an egomaniac?”

Preaching: On Being Persuasive – Some persuasive points, here.

Spiritual Life: Am I a Controlling Person? Follow Dr. Murray’s new series, here. You’ll never be disappointed by his cultural savvy and deep biblical and pastoral wisdom.

Theology: 100 of the Best J.I. Packer Quotes – Don’t miss this, and don’t stop here!

Fun: Will Ferrell Is Little Debbie – My wife and I love Will Ferrell, and both of his clips from the Tonight Show had us in stitches.

A Glimpse of Truth: The Puzzle of Personality – This glimpse of truth is a whopper. Basically, one of the world’s leading psychiatrists has come to the same conclusion as St. Augustine 2,000 years ago: you’re not just a “type”. You are what you love. Hilarious and insightful talk.

Writing: Ted Hughes on How to Be a Writer – Hughes shares advice with his daughter which he first received from T.S. Eliot. It’s one of the few unique bits you’ll find on the web.

Books and Lit: The Book That Gets Inside Hitchcock’s Mind – If you like seeing ‘behind the tapestry’, this is filled with interesting little tidbits.

Christians and Culture: Francis Schaeffer and Christian Intellectualism – A well-researched little piece on how the powerhouse Christian intellectuals lost their stay in the 1950’s…and the situation we’re in now.

Leadership and Productivity: Good Leaders and Vulnerability – Alain de Botton with some insightful advice on what makes a communicator compelling. I can really see this in my favorite personalities.

Scribblepreach Awards 08.13.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18″ – $1.99. Heard good things, can’t wait to dig in!

Apologetics: An Essential Key to Understanding the NT Canon – Michael Kruger, balanced as ever, showing four extreme ways we might look at how the NT canon was formed, and how to counterbalance with specifics.

Preaching: John Piper’s Funeral Prayer – Sometimes (most times) the best way to learn to preach is to expose yourself to great preaching. Piper’s funeral prayer is heartfelt, bold, and theologically rich. Listen and learn.

Spiritual Life: Till We Have Faces – “The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing – to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from – my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.” 

Theology: Paul and the Gift – Douglas Moo gives a thorough and incredible review of a new book that proposes to settle many of the “old” and “new” perspectives on Paul…and Moo is very impressed. Worth reading this in depth piece. 

Fun: Squirrel Steals Gopro – Ever wanted to see life from a squirrel’s perspective. This squirrel knows you have. And that’s why he did this.

A Glimpse of Truth: Jared Leto’s Joker and our Egocentrict Culture – I thought this a pretty bold article for the Atlantic, essentially sweeping away the Hollywood hoopla behind oscars and identifying their root: a love for egotistical showmanship. Bravo.

Writing: Diane Ackerman – “My own best advice to young writers is: follow your curiosity and passion. What fascinates you will probably fascinate others. But, even if it doesn’t, you will have devoted your life to what you love. An important corollary is that it’s no use trying to write like someone else. Discover what’s uniquely yours.” That’s my best advice too.

Books and Lit: The Puritan’s Way with Words – Douglas Wilson in rare form (I’ll say no more on that) in bringing us a cogent piece of research on the ways the Puritans’ theology enforced the imagination of the greats they produced. 

Christians and Culture: The Cult of Transgender – I wish every parent of every high-school student I’ve ever ministered would read at least the first half of this article. So sadly true, and it applies to more than just the transgender issue.

Leadership and Productivity: From My Journal: There’s this kind of paralyzing obsession we have with authenticity. Authenticity is a gift, to be sure. But it is also an ideal – we can’t camp out until obedience is “authentic”. The path to authenticity is discipline, even external, if need be. One of my mentors hit me this week with a hard truth, and I admit my first instinct was to run away with: “Well, I’m not the kind of person that could ever do THAT.” But it was the defense – the mask, even – of authenticity. It was an excuse not to do what was obedient.

But here’s the good news. When we do something, over and again, eventually, it does become authentic. Speaking of method acting (above), just ask anyone in Hollywood. In a real way, they “become” the characters they embody.

So strive for authenticity, yes. But don’t ever be paralyzed by it.

Scribblepreach Awards 08.06.16

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Kindle Deal of the Week: The Brothers Karamazov Audiobook – Not a kindle deal, but a free audiobook from Christianaudio.com. Regular price: $152.98. That’s a 100% discount.

Apologetics: The Silver Chair – One of Lewis’s most brilliant apologetic moves, in response to relativism, coming from the character Puddleglum in the Witch’s underground lair:

“One word. All you’ve been saying is quite right, I shouldn’t wonder. I’m a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won’t deny any of what you said.

But there’s one thing more to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.

And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a playworld which licks your real world hollow.

That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland.

Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”

Preaching: Trump, Pastoring, and Politics – I’d be curious to hear others’ thoughts on this one. 

Spiritual LifeStop Having Quiet Times – This article made me seriously stop and think about the way I pray.

Theology: A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Free Will’ – Piper with some very helpful articulations of what we mean when we talk about free will, how we can affirm it, and when we must deny it. Here’s a follow up article.

Fun: U2 and Jimmy Fallon on the Subway – Fun stuff. Though I’m pretty sure if Bono started singing to my face I’D PUT MY STUPID PHONE DOWN. Oh, sorry.

A Glimpse of Truth: Jane Austen’s Prayer – Pretty cool!

Writing: Stephen King’s 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer – Skip the blather between the quotes. And let the quotes motivate you to read the book.

Books and Lit: How Reading Shapes the Human Experience – Neil Gaiman with lots of great thoughts here. I can’t affirm everything, but I found most of it insightful.

Christians and Culture: A Pastoral Response to Same-Sex Attraction – I rarely sit through long online videos. But I felt this would be important, especially considering Michael Bird’s endorsement: “They are probably the best presentations I’ve ever heard on the subject of a pastoral response to same-sex attraction. The talks are biblical, compassionate, and very compelling. Wes shares not only from the Bible but also from his own experience as a same-sex attracted Christian man.” In my opinion, everyone in the church needs to hear at least some of these. I’m very glad for having took the time.

Leadership and Productivity: The 8 Hours of Sleep Myth – This article links to a couple of sources showing why 8 hours of sleep is a myth, and the much better alternative. 

Scribblepreach Awards 07.30.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis – Volume 1 on sale for $1.99! Here’s volume 2 for the same price.

Apologetics: Nietzsche, an Honest Atheist – This article helpfully explains how Nietzsche did a better job of taking his atheism to its logical ends than the modern New Atheist movement.

Preaching: 5 Reasons to Host a Q&A After You Preach – Keller writes of the fruit he gleaned by doing this in NY. Also, scroll down for an article-length response by Keller to Mark Jones’ criticism of the article.

Spiritual Life: Do Racial Issues “Disappear” With the Gospel? I’ve written before about the dangers of dispensationalism, and it’s penchant for erasing ethics from the Christian life by over-spiritualizing everything. I was told in response by several that no such dangers exist. Well, let me show rather than tell…John MacArthur, golden child of the movement, articulates exactly what I’m talking about here. Dispensationalism undermines our theology of creation, and thus, of people, and thus, of ethics. Read on.

Theology: Kevin DeYoung’s Two-Person Mission – Leithart offers a valid critique of DeYoung and Gilbert’s “What is the Mission of the Church?” Namely, that it leaves out an entire Person of the Trinity.

Fun: 50 Insults That Need to Make a Comeback – Some of these made me laugh out loud. Next time I see a hole in your pants, I will most definitely be calling you a Heathen Philosopher. Find out why.

A Glimpse of Truth: The Failure of Secular Schools to Teach Ethics – This is a brutally honest look, from the Atlantic, at the way schools have dismally failed to teach the next generation any sense for ethics…thought the solution is nearly as bad, which is to let classrooms full of philosophically clueless students work together to solve ethical dilemmas. Hardly a foundation.

Writing: Don’t Be Pretentious “‘Don’t be pretentious’ is my first advice to young writers. This is the big problem — just because you’re getting an MFA doesn’t mean you have to write for the Academy. Be true to your personality. Don’t temper your personality down with words. Don’t build defensive fortresses around yourself with words — words are your friends.” – GARY SHTEYNGART

Books and Lit: 7 Tips to Reading Faster With Comprehension – I still really wrestle with the “get what you want out of the book” concept. To me, reading isn’t just about information acquisition, but encountering another person. Part of knowing another person is seeing all the things you didn’t know you didn’t know. So…I still don’t believe in it. But the rest of the tips are pretty good.

Christians and Culture: Trump: Tribune of Poor White People – This is a follow up interview to Dreher’s article from last week. One of the most insightful online pieces I’ve read in a long, long time. Both compassionate and critical.

Leadership and Productivity: 11 Science Backed Ways to Build Habits – With some awesome little app links to boot.

Scribblepreach Awards 07.23.16

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Kindle Deal of the Week: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – A business classic for $4.99

Apologetics: Materialism: The False God of Modern Science – This is difficult reading, but if you can get through it, you’ll come away with some really profound insights into the limits of science and materialism from a philosophical vantage point.

Preaching: Should Colleges Really Eliminate the Lecture? This is about lecturing, but I found it applying directly to conversations I have regularly about the church. Is the age of preaching over? No – but the art needs to be revived.

Spiritual Life: Why We Don’t Punish Our Kids – This was really helpful.

Theology: The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeAt the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.

Fun: Coldplay, Michael J. Fox, and Back to the Future – I can’t think of anything better than one of my favorite bands getting together with one of my favorite films.

A Glimpse of Truth: Hip Hop: Villain or Hero? – This was so helpful to me. Lecrae shows why the “villainous”, drug-glorifying hip-hop movement is what it is…and how it can teach us about the injustice surrounding white, suburban life.

Writing: Pool of Thought – Why swimming is good for your writing.

Books and Lit: 34 Riveting First Lines in Literature – A fun infographic.

Christians and Culture: The Coming Christian Collapse – Rod Dreher suggests Christianity in America has collapsed already…we’re just a little out of touch.

Leadership and Productivity: From My Journal: My bride has been preparing to homeschool my oldest son, Caleb, and studying the teaching methods of Charlotte Mason. One of the the things we’ve both found very fruitful is her discussion of habits, and the importance of instilling a few habits at a time, and keeping them on course for two months or so before moving on. Over the past few months, we’ve each found this to be really fruitful in our own lives. Rather than trying to fix everything about ourselves, or one another, all in one go, we’ve found focusing on one or two personal habits, as well as one for each other, has gotten us much further along. As the original F.H.E. Kris Kringle says: “Just put one foot in front of the other.” Turns out that’s better than trying to leap across the frozen pond.