What one pastor read last week (03.26 – 04.01.18)

(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:
  • For sermon prep re: 2 Peter 3:8-18
    • 03.26 Barth, Karl, Geoffrey William Bromiley, and Thomas F. Torrance. Church Dogmatics: The Doctrine of God, Part 1. Vol. 2. London; New York: T&T Clark, 2004. pp. 416-418

    • ***This is a really encouraging meditation on God’s patience (2 Peter 3:8-9, 15)

  • N/A
For supplementary reading in prepartion for a marriage conference in the fall:
General reading for work as a pastor:

***denotes future article forthcoming

RATIONALE:

  • 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.

April Fool’s on Easter? Providential

Easter on April Fool’s Day – not an unfortunate occurrence:

It reminds me that we are, fools (1 Cor. 4:10) for:

  • believing a previously-dead man, is our risen Savior, and that through his blood we are reconciled to God, through faith (received by grace), and
  • believing this same previously-dead man, will return one day to get us, and take us to where he is, and
  • believing this very same previously-dead man, will ride in on a white horse, in the sky, with the armies of heaven to judge the ungodly, and
  • believing this same previously-dead man – the Lion of Judah – is also the Lamb who was slain, and is worthy of all praise and honor and glory, forever and ever, and is the same previously-dead man before whom every single tongue will confess (Christian, AND non-Christian) he – Jesus Christ – is Lord, to the glory of God, His Father.

If I be a fool for believing in the Resurrection, so be it. I believe, by God’s grace, that Jesus rose from the dead!

I could go, and on. Your turn, though: what else do we do – out of a desire to glorify God and exalt his son, Jesus – that the world regards as foolish?

What one pastor read last week (03.19 – 03.25.18)

(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:
  • N/A
General reading for work as a pastor:

 

***denotes future article forthcoming

RATIONALE:

  • 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.

There’s a difference, after all: one analyst embraces her identity and opportunity opens up

Interesting: this female NBA broadcaster kept trying to make it as an analyst but kept getting relegated to lower tier positions. Once she embraced her female identity, things opened up for her.

“Indeed, overcoming the feeling that she always had to demonstrate her professionalism has been one of Burke’s biggest challenges. She thought that to be taken seriously she had to look serious, so she wore pantsuits and pulled her hair back. When she bemoaned her lack of better assignments at ESPN, her producer, Kim Belton—who had faced his own obstacles as an African-American in the business—gave her a sobering pep talk, but one she says she needed to hear: This is a visual medium, whether you want to accept that or not. And though it goes against every fiber of your being to be evaluated for anything other than what you say, the bottom line is you are.”

Read more: For Doris Burke, Having Game Is All That Matters

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:
  • N/A
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

RATIONALE:

  • 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.