Best of the Week – 2017/10/22

Here are a collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, and books that I have recently found interesting, helpful, challenging, important, or funny. I don’t endorse everything I post, but I only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider. We all have to make choices about what content we “consume,” so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.

Blog Posts & Online Journals

Online Newspapers & Magazines

Podcast Episodes

  • The Harry Potter Podcast, “HPBC Episode 11 – Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 12” – Eight friends continue their discussion of the first book of the Harry Potter series by taking a long look at the Mirror of Erised.
  • Dirty John – LA Times reporter Christopher Goffard tells the true story of a manipulative con-artist known as Dirty John. [Warning: Disturbing and Adult Content]
  • Trinity Church Podcast, “How to Listen to a Sermon” – This is my church’s new podcast, and this week we discussed how to listen to a sermon by exploring how a sermon is unique but also like many other things to which we need to pay attention.

Books

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Best of the Week – 2017/10/11

Here are a collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, and books that I have recently found interesting, helpful, challenging, important, or funny. I don’t endorse everything I post, but I only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider. We all have to make choices about what content we “consume,” so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.

Blog Posts & Online Journals

  • The Ecclesial Calvinist, “Why I Still Don’t Much Care for Karl Barth” – Dr. William Evans, professor of Bible and Religion at Erskine College and minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, briefly evaluates Barth’s theology and suggests Barth’s relationship with his mistress had a role to play in Barth’s implicit universalism.

Online Newspapers & Magazines

Podcast Episodes

  • Pass the Mic, “Pastor Duke Kwon: Speaking the Truth in Love” – Hosts Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns posted a sermon on cross-cultural unity in the body of Christ given by PCA Pastor Duke Kwon at the Leadership Development Resource Weekend, Sept. 1-3, 2017, in St. Louis.
  • Cultivated, “Sho Baraka” – Host Mike Cosper interviews rapper, activist, and founder of the “And” Campaign, Sho Baraka, who tells his story and talks about the controversies he’s faced in his musical career.
  • Trinity Church Podcast, “Formation and Consumerism” – This is my church’s new podcast, and this week we discussed the challenge of Christian formation in a consumer culture.

Books

Best of the Week – 2017/10/02

I’ve started posting a collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, and books that I have found interesting, helpful, challenging, important, or funny. I don’t endorse everything I post, but I only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider. We all have to make choices about what content we “consume,” so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.

Blog Posts & Online Journals

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • WSJ, “Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage” – Dr. Mark Regnerus, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, explains that marriage among young people is in decline not because of low wages or a fear of commitment, as some have theorized, but because it’s easier now for men to find sexual satisfaction without the commitment of marriage.
  • NYT, “Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner” – Ross Douthat offers a biting eulogy (?) of Hugh Hefner, the cultural icon and founder of Playboy, calling us to examine our own sins.
  • NYT, “The Anxiety of John Stuart Mill” – Lecturer of philosophy at St. Andrews University, Dr. Adam Etinson explores the question of whether or not happiness is possible without struggle through the experience and work of John Stuart Mill and other 19th century philosophers and poets.
  • WP, “Want to Clean Up College Athletics? Pay the Players” – History Professor at the University of New Mexico, Ryan Swanson argues that, though it won’t happen, we should be paying college athletes if we want to curb the corruption and scandals plaguing the NCAA.

Podcast Episodes

  • Steadfast with Sandra McCracken, “James and Deanna Smith” – Host Sandra McCracken interviews her friend, philosopher James K.A. Smith of Calvin College, and his wife Deanna about friendship, faith, and formation.
  • Radiolab, “Driverless Dilemma” – Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich explore an old episode grappling with the age old moral philosophy experiment called ‘the trolley problem,’ and then discuss how this has developed into a real life scenario with the emergence of driverless cars.
  • Radiolab, “Oliver Sipple” – Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich tell the tragic story of an ex-marine and closeted homosexual whose life fell apart after he saved then President Gerald Ford from an assassination attempt in 1975.
  • The Theopolis Podcast, “The Sociology of Infant Baptism, Part 1” & “The Sociology of Infant Baptism, Part 2” – Peter Leithart discusses infant baptism from a sociological perspective, exploring infant faith and community formation.
  • Harry Potter Book Club, “Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 11” – Six friends gather regularly to discuss J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and in this episode, they discuss a chapter in the first book of the series titled “Quidditch” which isn’t about Quidditch at all.
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class, “Dr. Livingstone, I Presume” – In a throwback episode, former hosts Sarah Dowdey and Deblina Chakraborty tell the story of the famous Scottish missionary explorer and the Welsh/American journalist who found him still alive in central Africa back in 1871.

Books

  • The Christian Family by Herman Bavinck – a helpful book written a century ago by one of the greatest theologians of the Reformed Tradition which presciently addresses the emerging problems facing Western Civilization