What one pastor read last week (03.12 – 03.18.18)

(for the rationale, see the note at the bottom)

My Goodreads Reading List and Updates: click HERE

Last week, for Acts: “…to the end of the earth.” (Sunday School), I read from the following book(s) and came across these insights:
For study in 2 Peter (current sermon series), I read from the following book(s) and came across these insights:
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General reading for work as a pastor:
  • The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates The Evidence for the Resurrection by Lee Strobel
    • all of it
    • ***One might want to argue why the Resurrection matters or what significance it has in world history, but this small book shows very clearly why denying the Resurrection is simply a revelation of one’s own ignorance and unintelligence.
  • The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols pp. 1-95
    • ***Have been convicted lately of speaking strong opinions if I haven’t actually studied a matter in-depth and so, unfortunately, I am part of the problem. However, I have also experienced it from the other side: as a pastor, you develop the ability to discern whether someone who asks a question is actually seeking to engage in discourse or if they have some sort of agenda through which to keep themselves independent from any kind of pastoral care or concern.
    • I am looking forward to this expose and potential solutions to this society-wide challenge.
  • The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow (all of it)
  • Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A. N. Wilson
    • pp. 75-315
      • This was a very insightful interpretation of Darwin from someone who is not (so far as I can tell) an Evangelical Christian. Very important revelations for pastors, lay leaders, and all Christians to take note of; no longer should evolutionists exalt him as the fount of all wisdom when it comes to “origins” – mainly because he wasn’t the first to espouse such a theory. It’s a character study too: tragic how easily he allowed others to credit him when in reality he was not the first to develop such a theory.
  • A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia by Sandra Allen
    • pp. 37-288
    • Helped me to understand my own brother better
  • Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture by Wendy Alsup
    • If you are familiar with orthodox understandings of Scripture’s inspiration, inerrancy, sufficiency, and authority, you can skip the first 5 chapters.
      • They are very solid and easy-to-read, and thus would be a helpful resource for those who are unfamiliar, and even for those who are familiar with it but are skeptical or disinclined to believe it’s true.
    • ***I think I agree with most of what Alsup has said – though there are a few slight disagreements. She is a complementarian, as am I, but she very carefully relays Scripture’s view of women in a way that is accurate, God-glorifying, and winsome.
      • In particular, she even explicitly opposes some of the egalitarian voices that are out there such as Rachel Held Evans.

***denotes future article forthcoming


  • Gonna’ try to start keeping an online record of my reading for work. This will: 1) show others the types of things they could be reading, too; 2) will help me keep a searchable record of the topics I read about, and 3) help me start generating article ideas. I need to become a better writer. In the past, when inspiration has hit (to write more frequently) I often don’t have more than one idea at a time. This will help me keep a long list of things I need to write about. Lastly, the frequency of questions from people (in the church) has increased in the last year and this approach will help me collect my thoughts in one place.

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