Weekend Reading: 4/15

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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.

Easter weekend is upon us, and with it comes the renewed claims that a man who was actually dead came back to life. Is it true, though? Is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ a historical fact or is it merely a fable intended to impart a moral? In 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 , Paul explains, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Writing for CCC Discover, Nicholas Davis gives a short, useful, and edifying apologetic for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the article, he interacts with some of the more common explanations used to explain away Jesus’ Resurrection (and a relatively new one involving aliens). https://cccdiscover.com/how-to-dismantle-myths-about-the-resurrection-of-jesus/

Over the last couple of years, it has struck me that my friends who are screaming the loudest for the US to open the entry doors wide to Syrian refugees haven’t opened the doors to their homes to their community’s homeless. If they’re not willing to invite a homeless person to sleep on their couch, what reason do we have to expect them to actually demonstrate hospitality to Syrian refugees? The Wall Street Journal poses a similar question. https://www.wsj.com/articles/where-were-the-pro-refugee-protesters-when-assad-gassed-syrians-1491946719

Proving to be an equal opportunity offender, I’m troubled by the amount of professing conservatives who oppose religious freedom for Muslims. I’ve seen that opposition first hand in the comment sections on several of my PJ Media articles. This past week, The Atlantic published a though provoking article on the subject. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/when-conservatives-oppose-religious-freedom/522567/

As Christians, we’re called to love and serve the hurting and the oppressed. But what if the ways in which we are attempting to do that actually harms the people we are trying to help? The Gospel Coalition lists four ways that Satan uses Christian generosity for evil. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-ways-satan-uses-christian-generosity-for-evil

In honor of my church’s rec league basketball team and because I just had a conversation about analytics with one of the players on that team, I share this interesting piece from The New Yorker about how analytics has reached rec leagues. http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/analytics-reach-the-rec-league

By God’s grace, as I’m provided more opportunities, I don’t ever want to take the responsibility of preaching God’s Word lightly. This IX Marks article about expositional preaching imposters is humbling and helpful, for me, at least. https://www.9marks.org/article/expositional-imposters/

 

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