- Pope Francis, the People’s Pope: what makes this Pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. (Time)
- Misery: Is there justice in the Book of Job? The story is bewildering, from beginning to end. How could God, being God, allow Satan to seduce him into destroying a good man? More important is the moral: that we have no right to question him for doing such things. (God, for all that he says from the whirlwind, never answers Job’s questions.) Furthermore, the Book of Job seems to claim that all wrongs can be righted by property. If everything was taken away from Job, the problem is settled by God’s giving it all back. (The New Yorker)
- The Scandal of the Semi-Churched: I know we are the church and don’t go to church (blah, blah, blah), but being persnickety about our language doesn’t change the exhortation of Hebrews 10:35. We should not neglect to meet together, as some are in the habit of doing. Gathering every Lord’s Day with our church family is one of the pillars of mature Christianity. (Kevin DeYoung)
- Six Ways Millennials Are Shaping the Church: The Millennials’ desires for relationships are affecting the churches they choose to attend. They will only go to churches where they can easily connect with others. Unlike the Boomers, they refuse to be worship-only attendees. They desire to be in more relational settings. (Thom Rainer)
- It’s “best books of the year” time. So here are The 2014 Christianity Today Book Awards, TGC Staff Cite Best Books from 2013, The 10 Best Books of 2013 (NYT), The Best Books of 2013 (Amazon), and Best Books of 2013 (NPR).
Just for Fun
- If you haven’t already heard about the sign language interpreter who “translated” the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, there were some problems. And Jimmy Kimmel brought another interpreter on his show to translate what the guy was actually signing.