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Nine Ways to Become a More Boring Writer

Matt Anderson:

There is so much advice on being a good writer that it’s impossible for anyone to follow it all.  Indeed, judging by our collective literary output, we could be commended for our ability to ignore it altogether.

So I’ve decided to lower the standards and help you become, like me, a boring writer who only publishes things that will be forgotten as soon as they reach the end of their publishing cycle–ten minutes for a tweet, three days for a blog post, a week for an essay, and right around three months for a book.

The Safe Place for Our Kids’ Shameful Questions

Tim Challies:

One of the facts I’ve learned since writing a book on pornography, and since having the opportunity to write articles for various sites and publications, is that children today are taking their innocent questions to Google and, all too often, receiving decidedly non-innocent answers.

Kindle deals for Christian readers

Several entries in Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series are on sale for $3.99 this week:

Also on sale are Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World (99¢), Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch ($4.99), Magnifying God in Christ: A Summary of New Testament Theology by Tom Schreiner ($4.39), and A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson ($3.82).

Evangelism without an Altar Call

Aaron Menikoff:

Five and a half years ago I preached my first sermon as the pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The minister of music stopped me before the service with a question. He wanted to know how I’d be making the altar call.

I was confused. Prior to this Sunday morning I’d been at MVBC three times, and not once did I see anyone give an altar call. I assumed the church had decided long ago to abandon the practice. I was wrong.

A Plea to Pastors and Elders

Aimee Byrd:

I recently heard of yet another field experiment demonstrating how easily a stranger at the park can lure an unsuspecting child. Even though parents felt confident in their discussions about not talking to strangers, and especially not to follow them anywhere no matter what, the old, “I’ve lost my puppy, will you help me find him” ditty still works like a charm. These faux abduction investigations reveal the inadequacies of the whole “stranger danger” message. The problem is that predators are very friendly; they don’t look like the monsters that their parents make them out to be. What child wouldn’t want to help a smiley guy with a picture find man’s best friend?

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