This past week has featured some good reading around the blogosphere. Listed below are some posts I enjoyed:
Charles M. Blow, “Thomas Speaks… Blindly about Race.” Loved this paragraph:
We must stop having these juvenile discussions of race and face down the big questions: How can we help people see a thing so vaporous? How can we help direct dialogue among individuals about things happening on a grand scale? How can we help avoid victim and guilt fatigue in addressing problems whose formation was glacial and whose undoing is likely to be so as well? And how can we encourage people to fight on two fronts at once: holding the culture responsible for allowing and even nurturing roadblock biases, while still encouraging individuals to make every effort to overcome those biases, identifying and eliminating self-destructive behaviors?
The Preaching of William Still
I received a real gift in a comment from Malcolm Duff, who read a post I’d written some time back on William Still’s book, The Work of the Pastor. Still was used of God to impact many better known men in the evangelical world today. He pastored Gilcomstom Church in Scotland for 52 years (1945-1997). He was committed to the exposition of God’s word, but I’d never heard him or knew his sermons were available. Then this gift called Tapes from Scotland which makes available some of Still’s preaching.
Kevin DeYoung shows us how to charitably but critically critique a book in his review of Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed by Austin Fischer. He opens:
Austin Fischer, the 28 year-old Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church in Temple, Texas, has written an honest, intelligent, accessible book about why he is no longer Reformed. Lauded by the brightest stars in the Arminian firmament–Scot McKnight, Roger Olson, Greg Boyd, Rachel Held Evans–Fischer is to be commended for writing on such a difficult topic with disarming prose and without biting rancor. I can understand why Christians on the other side of this issue may feel like this is the Book They’ve Been Waiting For. Of course, given my position as an ordained Reformed pastor, it will come as no surprise that I found his arguments ultimately unpersuasive and, in several instances, full of significant weaknesses.
I’ve always respected former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Chris Carter, both for his exploits on the field and his commentary. He’s one of the likable guys from league. I thoroughly enjoyed much (not all) of what he said about the use of the N-word and other epithets in the NFL.