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
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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 Homeby 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

Best of the Week – 2018/01/09

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

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • The Atlantic, “Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches” – Patton Dodd profiles a pastor in a low-income community in San Antonio to demonstrate a steep decline of churches in distressed communities due to the economics of funding.
  • World Magazine, “Guilt Offerings” – Sophia Lee explores the Buddhist practice of guilt offerings by Japanese parents of stillborn, aborted, or miscarried children and profiles an American missionary in Nagoya offering true healing and hope.
  • Comment Magazine, “Choosing Church” – Marilyn McEntyre acknowledges there are lots of reasons to avoid church, but offers several reasons to look again.

Podcast Episodes

  • Scene on Radio, “Seeing White: Parts 1-14” – Host and producer John Biewen takes a deep dive into questions about whiteness, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.
  • Waking Up with Sam Harris, “The Intellectual Dark Web” – Host Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro about the breakdown of shared values, the problem with identity politics, religion, free will, the primacy of reason, and many other topics.

Books

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky – often considered the greatest novel ever written, the classic Russian novel about three brothers explores the biggest theological and philosophical questions of life with penetrating psychological insight
  • How (Not) to Be Secular by James K.A. Smith – a summary and application of philosopher Charles Taylor’s tome A Secular Age
  • Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith – a groundbreaking book from 2000 exploring Evangelicalism and the problem of race in America

Best of the Week – 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 Crouch.com, “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.

Books

  • 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

Best of the Week – 2017/11/22

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

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • The Atlantic, “Bill Clinton: A Reckoning” – Caitlin Flanagan recalls how Feminist leaders rallied behind Bill Clinton when he was accused of sexual harassment and assault in the 1990s and argues that the Democratic party needs to make its own reckoning of the way it protected him and his pattern of behavior.
  • Vox, “Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned” – In light of the wave of sexual harassment and assault accusations taking down prominent figures in Hollywood, government, and media, Matthew Yglesias reflects on the Bill Clinton scandal with Monica Lewinski while he was President.
  • NYT, “A Christian Case Against the Pence Rule” – Katelyn Beaty makes her case that the Pence Rule (also the Billy Graham Rule) isn’t actually Christian at all.

Podcast Episodes

Books

  • Is the Bible Good for Women by Wendy Alsup – a book explaining why those wishing to embrace the inherent dignity of women and of womanhood can and should cherish the Bible which examines many difficult texts in both the Old and New Testaments

Best of the Week – 2017/11/07

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 linked below, but I only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider or enjoy. 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

  • The Guardian, “Our Minds Can Be Hijacked” – Paul Lewis profiles some of the designers, engineers, and product managers responsible for the development of what some call the social media “attention economy” who are now concerned about the negative unintended psychological and even political consequences.
  • The Atlantic, “Harvey Weinstein and the Economics of Consent” – In the light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actress, writer, and creator Brit Marling reflects on the economic and power dynamics involved in sexual consent and how we’re all complicity in this inhumane system.
  • The Economist, “Why English is such a great language for puns” – This excerpt from the Books and Arts section of the print edition of The Economist explains the emergence of pun parties and competitions and why English is unusually good for puns due to its large vocabulary, constant evolution, mostly ungendered nouns, and rich variety of homophones. I, for one, believe puns deserve prize.

Podcast Episodes

  • Trinity Church Podcast, “Parenting with Authority” & “Food, Feasting, and Fasting” – This is my church’s podcast, and these two episodes focused separately on parenting and fasting.
  • Heavyweight – Jonathan Goldstein’s podcast (currently in production on season 2) tells stories and gets involved with individuals who imagine how life could have been and how it might yet be.

Books

  • No Home Like Place by Leonard Hjalmarson – a difficult book aiming to develop a theology of place grounded in the doctrines of creation, covenant, incarnation, and eschatology which orients Christians toward mission to people in the places they live, work, rest, and play

Best of the Week – 2017/10/22

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

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