Recent Reading Recs – 2017/12/27

Here’s 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

  • Andy, “Sex Without Bodies” – In an article for Christianity Today in 2013, Andy Crouch discussed the church’s response to the LGBT (now LGBTQ) movement.
  • Mere Orthodoxy, “Faithful Extension and the Question of Human Origins” Chris Krycho writes a review of Evolution and the Fall, edited by William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K.A. Smith.
  • The Point Magazine, “True Story” – Tish Harrison Warren offers an explanation to secular readers about why she belongs in the church and how it is making and shaping her.

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • The Wall Street Journal, “Do You Know How Others See You?” – Elizabeth Bernstein explains that most of us are not as self-aware as we think we are and points to researching suggesting that people who have a high level of self-awareness make smarter decisions and have healthier relationships.
  • The Atlantic, “ADHD, or Childhood Narcissism?” – Enrico Gnaulati examines the increase in ADHA diagnoses since the 1980s and explores a richer social explanation for the problems children are facing.

Podcast Episodes

  • Harry Potter Book Club, “HPBC Episode 12: Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 13” – The group of friends respond to email questions and comments and explore chapter 12 of Rowling’s first book in the Harry Potter series.
  • Trinity Church Podcast, “S1 Ep6 – The Witness of the Church” – We discuss the problems with reducing the witness of the church to truth telling and suggest the church must proclaim the truth, exemplify goodness, and display the beauty of God.
  • Heavyweight, “Jeremy” – Host Jonathan Goldstein opens up and talks about his own experience with Judaism and his subsequent turning away from religion.


  • A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry – a novel about Berry’s fictional town and the membership that lives, works, and loves in Port William, exploring change, absence, grief, and place
  • Evolution and the Fall edited by William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K.A. Smith – an anthology by theologians and scientists reading the early chapters of Genesis assuming there are no conflicts with the discoveries of modern science