Recent Reading Recs – 2018/02/27

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

  • Christ and Pop Culture, “Male and Female He Created Them” – Ellen Mandeville reflects on sex and gender and the complementarity of the sexes who share a primary unity as image bearers of God.
  • Psychology Today, “American Narcissism and Mass Shooters” – Jean Kim, M.D. suggests American narcissism and its toxic fulfillment in the form of a mass shooter is a big reason why, unlike other countries, we’re facing the common occurrence of mass shootings.
  • Desiring God, “A Movie So Good It Ruins You” – Tony Reinke discusses David Foster Wallace’s famous critique of American entertainment culture in Infinite Jest.
  • TGC, “Sex in Zero Gravity” – Alistair Roberts reviews a controversial new book by sociologist Mark Regnerus on sex and the changing landscape of relationships in the modern world .

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • WSJ, “How to Raise More Grateful Children” – In this Saturday essay, Jennifer Breheny Wallace addresses the problem of entitlement allegedly stemming from the self-esteem movement and argues that it’s possible to cultivate gratitude with practices aimed at helping children think gratefully.
  • NY Magazine, “The Poison We Pick” – Andrew Sullivan surveys this deindustrializing American life and the hellish opioid crisis which has developed to escape it.
  • NYT Opinion, “You’re Wrong! I’m Right!” – Nicholas Kristof urges us to consider how our ideologies are making us dumber and less able to have civil dialogue.
  • LA Times Review of Books, “The Rise of Network Christianity” – James K.A. Smith reviews the new book by sociologists Brad Christerson and Richard Flory profiling the populist and fast growing movement of post-Pentecostals / Neo-Charismatic Christianity exploding through the internet and without any central authority or responsible governance.
  • CT, “What ‘Black Panther’ Means for Christians” – New Testament Professor Esau McCaulley and frequent writer on the black experience reflects on the significance of the new Marvel movie which invites the viewer to consider various approaches to the question of black suffering.

Podcast Episodes & Other Media

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Recent Reading Recs – 2018/02/13

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

  • Circe Institute, “Creating Homes of Beauty” – Lindsey Knott argues that a home is perhaps the finest earthly work at which a man or woman can labor.
  • Sistamatic Theology, “Decolonized Discipleship” – Ekemini Uwan asks us to consider what sort of disciples we’re producing, those that reflect the image of the oppressor and the empire or the marginalized and colonized, urging us to incorporate decolonization into our approach to forming mature disciples.

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • NYT, “What Teenagers Are Learning from Porn” – [CAUTION: THIS ARTICLE EXPLICITLY DISCUSSES PORNOGRAPHY AND IS NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE.] As the ripple effects of the #MeToo movement continue, Maggie Jones suggests teens are watching more porn than their parents know, arguing that it’s negatively impacting their ideas about pleasure, power, and intimacy, but she offers very little in terms of helpful solutions.
  • NYT Opinion, “Let’s Ban Porn” – Ross Douthat makes a brief case for censorship of porn on the basis of the evident harms we are now recognizing it causes.
  • The Atlantic, “The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids” – Erika Christakus argues that today’s young children are working more but learning less.
  • Pacific Standard Magazine, “An Interview with Bryan Stevenson” – James McWilliams interviews the Harvard trained public defense lawyer about race, segregation, and listening to minority voices.
  • Fathom Magazine, “The Voice Evangelical Men Wish They Had” – Dr. Anthony Bradley, professor of religion, theology, and ethics at the King’s College in NYC, explores Evangelicalism’s pained search for healthy masculinity by examining the recent popularity of clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson.

Podcast Episodes & Other Media

  • Vocation & the Common Good, “Isaac Wardell” – Host Philip Lorish interviews the Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Church in Charlottesville, VA and leader of the Porter’s Gate Worship Project, discussing the missionary calling of the church for our neighbors, the hymns of the church, and the church’s relationship to the broader culture.
  • On Being, “Brené Brown” – Krista Tippet interviews the renowned University of Houston research professor of social work who has written and spoken extensively about shame, vulnerability, courage, and human connection.
  • Redeemer Ardmore Media, “Uncommon Family Panel Questions” – Giorgio Hiatt tackles a few basic questions on racism, bias, and why the church must pursue racial unity.

Books

  • Making Room by Christine Pohl – a survey and recovery of the great Christian tradition of hospitality
  • The Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch – a survey of the biblical commands to show hospitality

Recent Reading Recs – 2018/02/04

Here’s a collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, videos, and books I’ve 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

  • NYT Opinion, “What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party” – Duke Divinity professor Kate Bowler has been living with a stage IV cancer diagnosis and has some suggestions for all of us as we wrestle with the reality of death.
  • NYT, “The Follower Factory” – Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel Dance, Richard Harris, and Mark Hansen expose the mirage of fake social media profiles and the people willing to buy them to fake fame in order to gain influence.
  • Current Affairs, “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture” – Brianna Rennix and Nathan J. Robinson ask and answer why the buildings built in the post-war era don’t appeal to regular humans, suggesting architects have moved away from small scale details and ornaments to a focus on large-scale form in reaction to what was considered bourgeois decadence and European imperialism.

Podcast Episodes and Other Media

  • Vocation & the Common Good, “James Davidson Hunter” & “Tish Harrison Warren” – Host Philip Lorish’s new podcast includes interviews with leading Christian thinkers and leaders, starting with the sociologist and author of the groundbreaking To Change the World and the Anglican priest and author of Liturgy of the Ordinary.
  • The Bible Project– Tim Mackie and Jon Collins host a non-profit, crowd funded creative studio producing animated short films to help people see how the Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus, and they excel at demonstrating the literary genius of the Bible through beautiful and clear animated films great for adults and kids.

Books

  • Sex and Love in the Home by David McCarthy – the ethical theologian reframes our understanding of the household with Roman Catholic social teaching that rejects modern Romanticism, Personalism, and a home grounded in the public/private distinction