Four Favorites

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I personally enjoy knowing what other people are reading and listening to, and so I thought it might be helpful to share things that I’m reading and listening to as well. As of right now, I’m thinking that I may end each week with this sort of thing, but we will just take it one week at a time for now and see how it goes.

I really appreciate all the encouragement that I have received about these emails, and I hope you find some of these things that I’ve shared helpful. Today, I’ve provided two articles, one podcast and one book recommendation with links to each within the titles below.

Hope you enjoy!

How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System?

An article by Timothy Keller

Following the heated Kavanaugh hearing and preceding the midterm election in November, Timothy Keller writes this New York Times article to offer us some perspective on politics. Keller writes, “What should the role of Christians in politics be? More people than ever are asking that question. Christians cannot pretend they can transcend politics and simply “preach the Gospel.” Those who avoid all political discussions and engagement are essentially casting a vote for the social status quo.”

Keeping Technology in its Proper Place

An Interview with Andy Crouch

Tanner and I are trying to instill in our children an identity that declares, “We are different.” A part of that is the way that we handle devices, television and video games. I appreciated the insight shared in this interview and strongly believe that we need to tread carefully with how much we let technology intrude upon our daily routine. Crouch says, “We asked teenagers what’s the one thing they would like to change in their relationship with their parents if they could. And the number one answer the teenagers gave is they wish their parents would spend less time on their phones and more time talking to them.”

The Bible Project Podcast

A podcast by Tim Mackie & Jon Collins

This is one of my favorite podcasts from two guys who are changing the game when it comes to Bible resources. This podcast is updated weekly and is essentially just the recorded sessions of Tim and Jon discussing the content for their next video project that they are working on. Tim is a source of knowledge and Jon is excellent at asking the kinds of questions that we would ask which makes these conversations engaging and eye-opening.

Simply Christian

A book by N.T. Wright

This book has quickly become one of my Top Ten favorites. I finished reading this book a few weeks ago but have just recently started reading it again. Many people have compared this book to C.S. Lewis’ classic, Mere Christianity, which is a good enough reason to read it. Wright walks us through the Christian faith from the ground up and offers explanations for some of the toughest questions that modern skeptics are asking today. One of my favorite aspects from this book is the clarity that it brings to the overall story of Scripture.