Here is a new feature from the cucina that I would like to occasionally serve-up from HM called Web Stew. Simply, it’s a minestrone of recent links and articles that I have found particularly beneficial, interesting, helpful, and savory. I hope you enjoy the variety of ingredients.
- Savory! “Cancel your trips to Sodom and Sinai” — It’s about bringing the Gospel to bear against the fear of being judged. I see it also as a great illustration about the 3 ways to live. Erik Raymond beats a clear path to the Cross over at Ordinary Pastor and I enjoy it. I often contribute articles to Obscure Pastor myself.
- Stewing! Great friend and gospel compadre, Mez McConnell, writes about life in community — especially when it heats up and boils over.
- Filling! John Stevens writes two solid pieces on:
- Fresh! Another good friend, Tim Chester gives a solid article on 5 Church-planting Dangers that are often overlooked when planting churches. They’re also alliterated with the letter “R”. I particularly like the letter “R”.
- Stirring! Having visited Dachau & the Riseria (Triest) on numerous occasions, this truly is a staggering 2-page article from the NY Times on how the Holocaust just became more shocking.
Did any of the above posts pique your interest? How? I’d be interested to read your comments.
Two new and insightful articles that I wanted to share with you all about the Gospel, loneliness, and the walled-garden of Facebook. Understanding that not all aspects of social media (specifically FB) are bad or problematic, my wife and I are collaborating on a future post about redemptive practices of social media for the church. I think it’s fun just to write that my wife and I are collaborating. I’m sure there will be hundreds of thumbs-up on that one.
Article 1 – by Tim Chester; Pastor – Sheffield, UK
The first article is actually a post in a 7-part series that Tim Chester is doing on the impact of Facebook on people’s thinking in the light of the Gospel. Tim always gives us a clear and salient view of the Gospel in his writings, so these articles are spiritually healthy perspectives on the tensions between social media and Gospel practices.
Article 2 – by Stephen Marche; Atlantic Magazine
This article closes with the astute observation that Facebook is preventing us from dis-connecting; not allowing us to literally forget-about-ourselves for a little while. The author of this post (from what I can tell) is not a follower of Christ. However, Marche has very keen insights into the sociological aspects that I found myself nodding in agreement on many quotes. It’s a bit lengthy but well-worth the read as one of the most insightful treatments of this subject that I’ve seen.
Here is the intro:
Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society.
A Meal with Jesus is a book that I’d love for all my friends to read this year. For those here in our ministry, you GET to read it (notice the sense of privilege that conveys)!
What’s it about?
In this case, you actually CAN judge the book by its cover. Brother Tim Chester takes a number of meal scenarios with Jesus from the book of Luke and spreads out a grace buffet for us. Take a look at Tim’s trailer below. Even my buddy, Jonny Woodrow, is in it (shout-out to one of the readers of our blog here). I’ve almost finished reading it, so I’ll try to write a little blurb about it a bit later.
At this point in my reading, I can say — It’s good! Get it.
Click here to pick up a copy of the book and the link will take you to Amazon and help out Serenissima a little bit too (completely shameless product promotion).
Here is brother Tim Chester describing his new book
and a link to the original post on his blog.
A Meal with Jesus from Tim Chester on Vimeo.