Podcast: July saw the release of three new episodes of the Word Matters podcast hosted by me and Brandon Smith.

Kindle Deal: From Weakness to Strength: 8 Vulnerabilities That Can Bring Out the Best in Your Leadership by Scott Sauls. $0.99. 

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jen Pollock Michel – Lose Yourself in a “Find Yourself” WorldLike Jesus, we are free to deprive ourselves so another might flourish. 

2. John Starke – On LimitationsHumility through humiliation is the lesson from the school of limitations.

3. Arthur Brooks – You’re probably making incorrect assumptions about your opposing political partyPeople who consume news media “most of the time” are almost three times as inaccurate in their understanding of others’ views as those who consume news “only now and then,” the study found. This is almost certainly a function of partisans’ compulsive consumption of media sources that support their existing biases.

4. Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia? Ethiopian churches no longer want to be on the receiving end of the Great Commission.

5. Kyle Harper – The First Sexual Revolution. In the early Church, sexual morality was not baggage, afterthought, or accident. It was the plane on which Christians tried to live in the world, but not of it. 

6. Chris Gehrz – The Self-Education of Frederick Douglass. Douglass’ story illustrates how even self-directed education can lead to personal and social transformation, not just the acquisition of “useful information.”

7. Matt Smethurst – You’re a Theologian. Become a Good OneIn one sense, all it takes to be a theologian is to have an opinion about God. That’s it. The moment you think or say anything about him or her or it or whatever “God” is to you, you’re doing theology.