Best of the Week for November 13

In Best of the Week we link to a handful of the best articles, videos, books, etc. that we have come across in the last week. We hope this will point you to some of the right places and give you gospel-rich tools and thoughts for life and mission.

No, Christians Don’t Use Joseph and Mary to Explain Child Molesting Accusations

“There are times when Christians bow our heads in prayer and lament. When we see unbelievable tragedy and suffering, we find ourselves asking how much longer God will wait. There are other times, however, when we shake our heads in response to the sheer foolishness from those who claim to represent him.”

Just so we’re REAL clear.

Dear Cinderella Mamas

“I see a very clear trend in my own life: When my intimacy with God feels dry and mundane, my daydream world increases. When my experience in the word and prayer is active and rich, my contentment with the real life before me increases. Why? Because I am satisfied. I am satisfied not by what I am doing or where I am, but by who I am in Jesus.”

This is a great piece on why finding our identity in the only One who can ever satisfy us is SO necessary. It’s written to women, but it doesn’t take much imagination for men to apply it to themselves in all kinds of ways.

90 Second Leadership – Helping People Master Something

This is 90 seconds on having a realistic outlook on moving toward mastery of something and how to intentionally move get after it.

“Our Mind Can Be Hijacked”: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia

“It is revealing that many of these younger technologists are weaning themselves off their own products, sending their children to elite Silicon Valley schools where iPhones, iPads and even laptops are banned.”

There’s a lot to this one, but I think it’s interesting because some of the very people who designed social media to subtly draw us in, even addict us, are the very ones realizing how dangerous all of it is and beginning to pull back from it.

Behold the Free Speech Hypocrisy of the Corporate Left

“These companies are arguing for legal precedents that, in different contexts, could be used to force Apple to open its App Store to abhorrent images and compel it to use its own artists to create designs expressing ideas it hates.”

This isn’t just about Apple. The article points out the glaring, yet unaccountable hypocrisy of many of our biggest and most powerful companies. The mantra is becoming even more true on every secular front in America: “Free speech for what I believe in, but those who do not agree…well, they do not have that right, and they must be silenced or compelled to agree with me.” It’s a dangerous place we’re headed, and the church needs to prepare itself.

John Crist on Donating to Charity

Let’s have a little fun…

Have a good week.