Links I like (weekend edition)

Linguistically Describing the Sounds of Teenagers

HT: Michael Kelley

Books for a Summer Season — Some Recommended Reading

Albert Mohler’s posted his recommended summer reading list. Here are the books he recommends:

  1. The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin
  2. Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
  3. Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America’s First Tornado Chasers by Lee Sandlin
  4. Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier by Bob Thompson
  5. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson
  6. The Wrath of Cochise: The Bascom Affair and the Origins of the Apache Wars by Terry Mort
  7. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guelzo
  8. The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys, The True Story by Dean King
  9. A Higher Callby Adam Makos
  10. Geronimo by Robert M. Utley

Creative Orthodoxy

Ben Stevens:

What is the place of creativity or innovation in theology? This question has nagged me for years. How can one innovate while both remaining inside of, and even bolstering the case for, orthodoxy? The idea seemed conceptually possible, but I had always lacked a metaphor to explain how. Though I didn’t realize it until recently, there happens to be an entire craft that illustrates this dilemma and suggests its solution: typography.

Lay Aside the Weight of Sluggishness

Jon Bloom:

The best coaches don’t just encourage; they also exhort. They come on strong. They get angry if they must. They warn against the dangers of foolishness, indolence, or losing resolve. And that’s because they know that humans are not only motivated by reward, we are also motivated by fear. It’s how we are designed. God is the ultimate reward (Hebrews 11:26) and the ultimate terror (Luke 12:4–5) and we are equipped to understand, be awed by, and be motivated by both aspects of him.

The Fine Art of Selection

Randy Alcorn:

We sometimes mistake Christian busyness for true spirituality, failing to realize that over-commitment is no more honoring to God than under-commitment. In our relentless pursuit of spiritual success, we drag ourselves through a dizzy, busy, barren life. Our unspoken motto seems to be “Weariness is next to godliness.”