Weekend Reading: July 25, 2014

Here’s what I read this week and what’s going on in the world around us.  Hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

PJW

Here’s an excellent post by conservative blogger Erik Eriksen on the recent immigration issues on the southern border. Speaking of “border” issues – make sure you read a little bit (there’s also video) about how Russia is launching rockets across its’ border into the Ukraine…it’s getting real over there!

This week Desiring God and John Piper revealed their first look at Piper’s new Ministry called “Look at the Book”.  They do a demo of what Piper will be doing for different passages of scripture.

Tim Challies has a hilarious article on why its so painful to buy cars.

The Gospel Coalition looks at Tony Dungy’s comments about some dude who is going to be the NFL’s first openly gay football player.  I saw some of this controversy during the week, but didn’t pay much attention to it as its just become par for the course. (h/t Parris Payden) By the way – FL. Sen. Marco Rubio spoke this week about how ridiculous this kind of thing is getting. 

Free Audiobooks? I was on the road today and listed to some of the classics.  You can get apps for this, or you can check out this site to listen to some of your favorite classics!

The guys at Cripplegate look at the often misused passage in Philippians 4 (h/t Parris Payden)

With all the hubbub over the FAA suspending travel to Israel for 24 hours earlier in the week, I thought this was a pretty interesting map.  It shows where the US DOES NOT fly…ALSO, political communications expert Rich Galen has an overview of GAZA (keep in mind all of his columns are tinged with just a bit of dry humor).

Peter Jones has a very interesting blog post this week on the value of a set liturgy.  If you’re not from a more formal religious tradition, then this will actually probably impact you MORE.  He makes some great points.  (I’ve actually forwarded this to several people and have yet to get feedback – frankly I think most people have never considered the perspective Peter is offering).

In case you’re wondering, the IRS doesn’t know how to take care of their computer equipment…or something along those lines…

This morning the Drudge Report had an interesting article on how Facebook’s Founder will soon be the richest man in the world…well…he’s got a little ways to go yet, but he’s making progress.

DG had an interesting series of posts this week that are worth checking out.  The first is on sanctification, and likens it to the “autocorrect” function on most smart phones.  The piece has some great insights but it poorly written.   They also have a longer piece on how your smart phone is changing you.  I only skimmed this one, but some of the main points are definitely on track.

There’s a great post here on how to and how NOT to minister to someone with cancer.  Frankly this one is helpful for anyone ministering to someone with any illness. (h/t Tim Challies)

Speaking of posts from Tim Challies…he wrote a blog this week called ‘7 Different Ways to Read a Book’, and I thought it was great.  I love reading, and love finding ways to absorb as many books as possible.  I read or finished half a dozen books this week, all in different formats using different apps (kindle, hardcopy, audiobook, flash reader, and PDF) and found that mixing it up was the key to successfully plowing through the material. But Challies takes a different approach in this article, and tries to show that there’s more than one way to approach a book…

Dating Advice? I guess it can be helpful – Even though my kids are still a few years away from dating or courting anyone, I found this post on the Gospel Coalition edifying. Also – Parris Payden was kind enough to point my attention to this post by a guest columnist subbing in for Kevin DeYoung at Gospel Coalition.  The post directs us to the matter of whether we’re idolizing our families or not…good one to check out ahead of a busy weekend!

Well that’s it for now!  Hope you enjoy a lovely weekend wherever it may find you!

PJW

PS – I’ll inevitably get asked this, so here’s a list of the books I read this week and where to find them: New Testament Theology by Tom Schreiner, New Testament Theology (Catholic Perspective) by Frank Matera, Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenWilliam Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher, The Final Days of Jesus by Kosternberger and Taylor, The Loveliness of Christ by Samuel Rutherford, Everyman by Unknown, The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler, and To Live if Christ to Die is Gain by Matt Chandler.

 

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