Every week I use Twitter to share a variety of articles and posts and other interesting things I have seen and read across the web. They are then collected here and posted at the end of the week.
Please note: This will be the last instalment in the Miscellanées series. I simply don't have the time to continue to put this post together each week. From here forward, all the links I share on Twitter will also be posted to a new Tumblr blog, and archived there. A link for the Tumblr site appears in the menu bar above.
Here are the links from the week of 19-25 October 2014.
- Hallowe'en is Coming: some thoughts – Michael Sadgrove muses on whether there is still a place for Hallowe'en. An interesting post.
- 33 thoughts on reading – Some great thoughts on how to make the most of the reading experience. This is a manifesto I can very happily get behind.
- 10 reasons why you shouldn't have a church website – In a day where conventional wisdom seems to be that a good website is crucial for a church to have, this is a very interesting post.
- The gospel and telepathy – This is fun: "Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if you're unable to communicate telepathically."
- An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed – George Weigel has some interesting insights on the recent Roman Catholic Synod on the Family that took place in Rome earlier this month, which he says was quite extraordinary in a number of ways..
- Reading Wendell Berry at Costco – This article is a review of James K.A. Smith's latest book, How (Not) to be Secular, but also offers some really helpful insight into Smith's thought, as the reviewer draws from a number of his recent writings.
- A Tale of Two Deaths – A brilliant piece from Matthew Lee Anderson on the sacredness of life and courage in facing death: "To choose death, even when death is inevitable, is a fundamental betrayal of the sacredness of life. It is a concession to the enemy, not a triumph over it: it claims for itself ‘dignity,’ but it is a false dignity that comes from binding oneself to that which destroys human life."
- The Death of the Parish – Here is a thoughtful post from David Koyzis on how our use of cars has impacted our ecclesiology.
- Loving the Hunt: Kuyper on Scholarship and Stewardship – This is a good post on why in scholarship, among other things, it can't always just be about the end results. The process of inquiry is just as important.
- Seeking self or costly discipleship? Standing with the persecuted – Another great post from this week from David Koyzis: "At the moment, [Christians in the global south] need us to stand in solidarity with them, and we will not do so credibly if we have accepted a faith that downplays the path of obedience to a God who claims the totality of our lives as his own. It is just possible that the best antidote to a peculiarly western religion focused on the self is to open our eyes and ears to our persecuted brothers and sisters overseas."
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