Weekend Reading: 5/20


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.

Ravi Zacharias wrote about his team’s goodbye to their brother and co-laborer for Christ Nabeel Qureshi who is in the final stages of his life due to stomach cancer. The article is an edifying expression of sadness and hope. http://rzim.org/global-blog/torn-emotions-a-visit-with-nabeel-qureshi/

“The paper was ridiculous by intention, essentially arguing that penises shouldn’t be thought of as male genital organs but as damaging social constructions.” … if that pull-quote doesn’t entice you to read the article detailing a hoax perpetuated on the purveyors of the nonsense that gender is a social construct, nothing I can say will. http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/conceptual-penis-social-contruct-sokal-style-hoax-on-gender-studies/

I wrote about this article here. I encourage you to read this fascinating and infuriating detailing of modern-day slavery. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/?utm_source=hpfb

Amidst growing rumors of a torrid love affair, a female mega-church pastor disappeared. She reappeared five weeks later claiming to have been kidnapped. The Gospel Coalition tells her story. https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/evangelical-history/2017/05/18/on-this-day-in-1926-the-scandalous-disappearance-of-preacher-aimee-semple-mcpherson/

This sad article unwittingly highlights the reality that humans were created to live in community. Unfortunately, many in our modern society are seeking satisfaction in ways that will never satisfy. https://theringer.com/communal-living-tech-nook-welive-common-7175783ac5c4

Speaking of community, this IX Marks article explains that many people do not leave their church over doctrinal issues, but, rather, leave because they do not feel a deep sense of community. We need to make sure that we are building relationships within our church family for our mutual edification and for the glory of God. https://www.9marks.org/article/why-you-will-join-the-wrong-church/




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