Weekend Reading: 6/17


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.

Does God impart His divine will to His people through feelings, impressions, or speaking directly to them? John MacArthur says no. For the record, I agree with MacArthur, which is why I’m sharing his article: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B170612

One of my favorite conservative thinkers Roger Scruton takes on the notion of post-truth. This article is a long but valuable read: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/post-truth-its-pure-nonsense/

Speaking of post-truth – by now, I’m sure that you’re aware that after this past week’s leftist terrorist attack on GOP senators, the New York Times published an editorial that contained much wrong and at least one flat-out lie. David French takes the NTY to task: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448664/new-york-times-steve-scalise-shameful-editorial

Christians believe that suffering leads to good (to God), but during trials it can be difficult to live in light of that reality. In his article, Trevin Wax opens his heart, and encourages us to not waste our suffering: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2017/06/15/hope-for-the-desperate-times/

Having grown up in the KJV only movement, I have heard (and been involved in) quite a few arguments about translations. Andy Naselli offers some helpful suggestions for discussing translation issues with fellow Believers: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-not-to-argue-about-which-bible-translation-is-best

Being from Pensacola, I grew up watching boxing and rooting for Roy Jones Jr. In 2003, just a few weeks after Jones captured the heavyweight title, I met the boxer. All that to say, I am appalled by the upcoming Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. It’s a joke. But the people want it, and I support the free market. The New Yorker published a good piece on the whole thing: http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/mayweather-vs-mcgregor-is-the-kind-of-circus-matchup-only-boxing-allows






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