by John Ellis
I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, 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. That fact means that 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 uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.
Below, are several of the more interesting articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.
I have yet to buy (much less read) Rod Dreher’s new book The Benedict Option. D.A. Carson’s interview with Desiring God, while not specifically about Dreher’s book, only increases my desire. Sadly, I have a stack of over twenty new books that I have yet to crack open, The Benedict Option will have to wait until I make a sizeable dent in that stack. Until that time, Carson’s excellent interview will have to do. (Briefly – the Benedict Option is one of the ways being proposed that conservative Christians should engage wider society.) http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/don-carson-on-american-politics-and-the-benedict-option
Whether you have sons or not, this article about the role reversals of men and women discusses changing societal norms that all conservative Christians should Biblically think through and be prepared to interact with. As Dylan said, “For the times, they are a-changin’.” That doesn’t meant that the times are changing for the better, though. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/308135/?utm_source=fbb
Speaking of gender, Antony Davies and James Harrigan at The Wall Street Journal explain that “the March 8 commemoration [International Women’s Day] has Communist roots, but capitalism by far has done for more gender equality.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/antony-davies-and-james-r-harrigan-for-gender-equality-you-cant-beat-capitalism-1425684094
Living life in close proximity with other fallen humans is going to inevitably result in hurt. In his short article, Nick Batzig offers some helpful suggestions for when people in the church hurt you. http://servantsofgrace.org/when-christians-hurt-you/
For the life of me, I cannot understand why many of those who loudly decry the purported legalism of their youth are often the quickest to embrace practices that can, in fact, lead to actual legalism. Nick Batzig makes a second appearance on this list this week with his article for Reformation 21 about “Redemptive History, Union with Christ, and the Liturgical Calendar.” http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2017/02/redemptive-history-union-with.php
This article by Al Mohler is seven years old, but, unfortunately, just as timely today. With the imminent release of The Shack, Christians need to be confronted with the danger of the popular book now turned high-profile movie. http://www.bpnews.net/32295/firstperson-the-shack-and-the-missing-art-of-evangelical-discernment
At a recently scheduled speaking engagement at Middlebury College, Charles Murray was basically assaulted by leftists who believe that civility is a not an appropriate tactic. It’s hard not to look at angry, leftist activists and their increasingly violent tactics and not become concerned. Thankfully, God is in control. However, that doesn’t mean that we should stick our heads in the sand. If you aren’t familiar with what happened at Middlebury, I encourage you to read Murray’s recounting of the events. http://www.aei.org/publication/reflections-on-the-revolution-in-middlebury/
I hesitated sharing this last article because I’ve become increasingly uncomfortable with sharing/posting things that include language that many brothers and sisters in Christ consider to be profane speech. However, Larry Taunton’s message is important and the word he uses is very apropos considering the context. http://larryalextaunton.com/blog/candy-assed-christians/