Weekend Reading: 2/18


by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, though, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. To that end, aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncover some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable.

Below, are several of the more interesting and useful articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.

The vast majority of evangelicals will quickly affirm that they, too, believe in the full sufficiency of the Bible. Sadly, in the next breath, many of them will deny it by the ways in which they talk about their personal experience and feelings. The phrase “God told me” is misused and is often used to sadly undermine the sufficiency of the Bible. Josh Buice, a Georgia based pastor, offers a helpful admonishment to those of us who are tempted to misuse “God told me.” http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/stop-saying-god-told-me/

“Los Angeles is one of two megacities in the world that have a population of big cats.” Like many, I have always been fascinated by wild cats. One of the great disappointments in my life is that I have never seen a mountain lion in the wild. Stupidly, no doubt, while traveling and living out West, I spent much time searching for mountain lions. If anything is going to tempt me to move to LA, this article will: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/13/lions-of-los-angeles

Over at IX Marks, Evan Collier has written a helpful article encouraging churches (and Christians) in some ways in which those with autism and parents of children with autism can be served: https://9marks.org/article/5-steps-to-serving-children-with-autism-adhd-and-attachment-disorders/

If you’ve never watched/heard John Piper’s passionate takedown of the prosperity gospel heresy, you should. This past week TGC reposted the clip: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/story-behind-john-pipers-most-famous-attack-on-the-prosperity-gospel#When:2017-02-14T06:00:00+00:00

I was living in South Carolina during Mark Sanford’s mysterious disappearance and the subsequent revelation that he was having an affair. His fall from GOP grace was swift. Emboldened by his “dead man walking” political career, Sanford speaks candidly in this interesting and informative interview. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/mark-sanford-profile-214791

I have tried to write this article many, many times. A writer whom I was not familiar with prior to reading this post, Michael Crum does an excellent job of dismantling the disingenuous retorts that those who are anti-abortion should remain silent unless their willing to be “truly pro-life.” https://warhornmedia.com/2017/02/15/pro-life-and-unashamed-why-and-how-to-live-out-loud/

For years, I’ve asserted that theatre etiquette (particular pertaining to audience members) is an obstacle to making theatre. Theatre etiquette frequently creates rules that prohibit the imaginary world of the story from penetrating the real world of the audience. My theatre-maker and filmmaker friend Chris White says all that much better in his latest post:  http://chriswhitehq.com/blog/feb2017

Ways in which the church can serve singles is a topic that I have been thinking about with an increasing frequency. God is blessing my church family with an abundance of vibrant singles who are accomplished and who love Jesus. While I’m not sure, yet, that I agree in totality with Jennifer Grisham’s article published by TGC, I am thankful for her admonishing and encouraging words and will be prayerfully considering them as my church family continues to seek to love Jesus by loving and serving singles: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-things-singles-wish-married-couples-knew?utm_content=buffer0c15c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


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