- Where is God When the Economy Collapses? Rethinking Economic Theodicy: How we think about economic suffering matters for our actions, both individually and through policy processes. Is poverty natural and hence inevitable? Is it an inevitable consequence of modern market arrangements? Where is individual responsibility for economic choices? Our answers to these sorts of questions determine how much effort we put into alleviating economic suffering and how this effort is directed. (ABC)
- What I Wish I’d Known: Reflections on Nearly 40 Years of Pastoral Ministry: I wish I’d known that people who disagree with me on doctrines I hold dearly can often love God and pursue his glory with as much, and in some cases more, fervency than I do. The sort of intellectual pride that fuels such delusions can be devastating to ministry and will invariably undermine any efforts at broader Christian unity across denominational lines. (Sam Storms)
- The Most Important Skill for 2014…and Beyond: The most important skill for 2014 is deciding what you will pay attention to. (Executing Ideas)
- 4 Early Church Writings Every Christian Should Read: C.S. Lewis writes “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in-between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.” New books are great, but they are untested—we don’t know which ones will stand the test of time. But old books have been sifted by time. It’s always good for us to look at the context of the people that came before us and see how the world looked from their time and place. (Relevant)
- Kindle Deals: Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church by J. Todd Billings ($3.49), Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton ($3.49), The Lord’s Supper by Tom Schreiner ($4.99).
Just for Fun
- U.S. map labeled by the most famous book and TV show set in every state. Washington should really hang its head in shame.