Best of the Week – 2017/11/07

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 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
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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

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

Best of the Week – 2017/09/20

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

  • Reformedish, “The Reforming Catholic Confession” – Derek Rishmawy introduces a new Protestant confession signed by leaders from across 250 denominations and spanning every continent that seeks to demonstrate Christian unity and catholicity.
  • Comment, “Catechesis for a Secular Age” – James K.A. Smith interviews Tim Keller about Christian formation, revival, and mission as part of a continuing conversation between the two.

Online Newspapers & Magazines

  • Christianity Today, “Of Old Testament Haircuts and New Testament Head Coverings” – Author Wendy Alsup explains a difficult passage in the New Testament where Paul instructs women to cover their heads during corporate worship, showing that it has to do with God’s protection of women from violence and sexual exploitation.
  • The Atlantic, “Donald Trump Is the First White President” – Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that Donald Trump is the first president whose entire political existence depends on the fact of a black president, a claim that pushes against the argument that Trump was elected primarily by a forgotten white, rural working class demographic.

Podcast Episodes

  • Cultivated, “Audrey Assad”– Host Mike Cosper interviews Roman Catholic singer, song writer, and speaker, Audrey Assad, about her life, overcoming her fundamentalist roots, the winding path of her musical career, and how she remained a Christian amidst the darkest seasons of her life.
  • TGC Podcast, “How Sharing the Gospel In Our Secular Age Is Different” – Collin Hansen interviews Tim Keller and Russell Moore about evangelism today.

Books

Best of the Week – 2017/09/06

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

Podcast Episodes

Books

  • The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch – a wonderful book exploring healthy boundaries regarding the use of technology that will help families grow into people of character, wisdom, skill, and courage

Best of the Week – 2017/08/18

I’ve started posting a weekly 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” each week, so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.

Only a few to recommend this week

Blog Posts & Online Journals

Online Newspapers & Magazines

Podcast Episodes

  • Pass the Mic“Bonus – Current Events: Charlottesville”– Hosts Tyler Burns and Jemar Tisby discuss the events of last weekend in Charlottesville as white nationalists demonstrated around a confederate monument scheduled for removal, counter protests followed, and violence against counter protesters left 1 killed and many others injured.