Podcast: On Jimmy Scroggins’ Church for the Rest of Us podcast, we had a wide-ranging conversation about developing yourself as a reader — how to get started, what books matter, how to know what books to choose, how reading connects to ministry, etc.
Kindle Deal: Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership by John Dickson. $3.99.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Andrew Peterson – Easter is Just Getting Started. After forty days of fasting, after the harrowing darkness of Good Friday, after the long silence of Holy Saturday, after the dawn of Easter like a slow explosion of light over the greening hills of the Northern Hemisphere, we move into the joy of Eastertide.
2. Matthew Lee Anderson and Andrew Walker – Breaking Evangelicalism’s Silence on IVF. Wayne Grudem has a counterpoint on how IVF can be morally right in some circumstances. Both essays are well worth your time. I am firmly on the side of Anderson and Walker in this debate. I’m glad this debate is going public.
3. Anastasia Lin – The Cultural Revolution Comes to North America. ‘Call-out’ mobs aim not to persuade or debate, but to humiliate the target and intimidate others. On a related note, watch the response at Middlebury College to Polish scholar Ryszard Legutko, author of The Demon in Democracy (one of my favorite reads from last year).
4. If you really want to go deeper into radicalism on certain college campuses, this three-part YouTube documentary on the riots at Evergreen College in Washington State will give you a glimpse of what happens when postmodern epistemology, nihilism, virtue-signaling, and critical race theory overtake a segment of your students. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. (Note: lots of explicit language in these.)
5. Daniel Strange – Sad Solo. Alex Honnold himself is a fascinating jumble of the super-human, the sub-human and the simply-human. A mortal who has achieved climbing immortality at the age of thirty-three.
6. Robert Sarah – Warning the West. This African Catholic Cardinal has a lot to say about the challenges facing the West. Here is a line that gets to the root of much diseased thinking in our culture: “The West refuses to receive, and will accept only what it constructs for itself. Transhumanism is the ultimate avatar of this movement. Because it is a gift from God, human nature itself becomes unbearable for western man.”
7. Janie B. Cheaney – It Is Well. I knew the story behind Horatio Spafford’s composing of “It Is Well,” but I did not know where his theological journey went afterwards. Still, I will sing the truth and power of his words next time it’s in the program at church. The last thing we want to do is excise from our hymnal all the authors who are “problematic.”