Tag Archives: Smithsonian Magazine

You’re Gonna Wanna Read This! 8/9/18

Winfree Brisley reviews the book: Why Can’t We Be Friends: Avoidance is Not Purity which deals with the male/female friendship issue in the church.  While I have not read the book, written by Aimee Byrd, I do think Brisley gives a review with which I can agree.  That may sound hypocritical or prejudice, and perhaps it is.  Perhaps in the near future, I might be able to read the book myself and form my own opinions.

Can’t men and Women Be Friends?

Jen Wilken gives some helpful advice on what it looks like to be free from sin in this lifetime.  This is both a short read and a short video (take your pick).

What Freedom From Sin Looks Like in this Life

Howard Thurston.  Don’t know about him?  Neither did I.  He was the world greatest magician back at the turn of the 20th century.  Unfortunately, we remember more about Houdini than Thurston.  I have to be honest, my first thought was “Gilligan’s Island” and later realized that was Thurston Howell, not Howard Thurston.  A great article (with videos of his magic tricks) by the Smithsonian Magazine.

Howard Thurston, the Magician Who Disappeared

Derek Thomas writes on the “Bored Generation” that has all this entertainment at their fingertips and yet still says there is nothing to do.  On the one hand, I think that Thomas is being a bit tongue and cheek with his solution, but on the other hand, I think he may be on to something.

A Bored Generation?

Marshal Segal asks us what we are feeding our eye.  In today’s culture, it’s easy to think that he’s talking about pornography.  It seems to saturate all of life, but:

For some, tragically, it is pornography. For others, it’s something less salacious, like sports scores or news headlines. For others, Instagram or Facebook. For still others, it’s Amazon or Target, YouTube or Netflix. Just because something isn’t inherently bad, doesn’t mean it can’t fill our eyes so full as to crowd out the one who matters most. That’s what darkened eyes are: eyes so full of something other than Christ that they can no longer see him and enjoy him.

What Do You Feed Your Eyes?

You’re Gonna Wanna Read This! 6/22/18

Tim Challies gives a list of books that every Christian should read and I couldn’t agree more with this entire list. Some of the books he mentions, I thought I was the only one who recommended. He chose The Pleasures of God by John Piper (not Desiring God). Yes! It is such a great book. Much better than Desiring God. This is a video with a transcript. I highly recommend.

Ten Books Every Christian Should Read (video).

the Smithsonian Magazine has published an article that I find very interesting. I pastored in Hammond, IN for 11 years and I vaguely remember someone mentioning this in passing. It has now been 100 years since the great Train Wreck of Hammond. Definitely worth reading.

The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers

If Martin Luther were alive today (or say 50 years ago) what movie would be among his favorites? Dustin Messer thinks he knows. Some interesting thoughts about Luther and Stewart.

A Classic Movie Martin Luther Would Love

Dr. Albert Mohler gives an excerpt from his book on the Lord’s Prayer (The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down). I got this book at T4G this year and am looking forward to reading it. If this excerpt is any indication, it will be well-worth the time to read it cover to cover.

Prayer, Piety, and the Glory of God: The Lord’s Prayer in the 21st Century.

You’ve probably heard about The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher, but have you heard of the Esther Option. Mike Cosper wrote a blog delineating what this means for us as Christians. I found it very thought-provoking. He asks hard questions that each Christian must answer and also gives some helpful guidance.

The Esther Option