Weekend Reading: 3/18

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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.

Over the years, I have benefited greatly from the work and writings of Dr. Michael Kruger. His work on the historicity and veracity of the Biblical cannon is an invaluable resource for the Church. While short, this article by Dr. Kruger is a veritable well of information and resources about the apostolic self-awareness of the Gospel writers. https://michaeljkruger.com/did-the-gospel-authors-think-they-were-writing-scripture/

Since the announcement of his retirement, Tim Keller has been in the news quite a bit (not to mention that he’s promoting a new-ish book – Making Sense of God). This is a good thing, because he is a winsome, articulate, and intelligent apologist for the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this interview conducted by the Huffington Post, Keller answers questions about ways in which the evangelical church can evangelize those who are religiously unaffiliated. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/an-evangelical-pastor-on-reaching-the-religiously-unaffiliated_us_58bd8c8be4b05cf0f4021625

Commenting on the legal tangle transgender rights activists are currently facing, it’s important that conservative Christians interact with this article from The New Yorker. At the crux of the issue stands the way Title IX uses language – “sex” instead of “gender.” How transgender rights activists overcome this obstacle is going to have ramifications for all of us (make no mistake, apart from God’s intervention, it’s a mere speed bump for them). http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-new-phase-of-chaos-on-transgender-rights

This article from The Gospel Coalition about why pastors should write well holds special interest to me. https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/kevindeyoung/2017/03/15/why-pastors-should-work-hard-to-write-well/?utm_content=bufferb9281&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The increasing bifurcation of our society is obvious to most, including liberals. To that end, it’s interesting to read the “other side’s” perspective on that bifurcation. This telling statement from the article is important, I think – “Whatever the reason, when cultural conservatives disengage from organized religion, they tend to redraw the boundaries of identity, de-emphasizing morality and religion and emphasizing race and nation. Trump is both a beneficiary and a driver of that shift.” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/breaking-faith/517785/

My friend Joffre the Giant asks the question, “Why do people get so offended when you transgress local morality?” Universal truth is always offensive to those who attempt to shrink morality down to an individualized ethic. In other words, for the relativist, an individualized ethic supersedes all other ethics; which, as should be obvious, is highly problematic for the relativist’s world view. http://joffrethegiant.blogspot.com.br/2017/03/why-do-people-get-so-offended-when-you.html

This last article holds no great arguments, challenging opinions, or unique perspectives. Simply put, I found it interesting and believe you will, too. http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/03/perth-cycling-team-maps-a-journey-resembling-a-goat.html

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