As we are now at the beginning of the second-to-last month of 2015, I thought I’d give a quick reminder about the purpose of “links I like”: “Links I like” is a (usually) daily round-up of the thought-provoking, interesting, unusual, and entertaining articles and videos I find online. The vast majority of this comes from my Feedly stream, though some of it comes from seeing what people like you post on Twitter and Facebook. (So if you see something you shared, thanks!)
Now, onto the links, starting with a few free resources and Kindle deals:
- Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt—$4.99
- Disciple by Bill Clem—$4.99
- Community by Brad House—$4.99
- Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K. Dodson—$4.99
- How God Became Jesus by Michael F. Bird—$2.99
- Bonhoeffer (Student Edition) by Eric Metaxas—$1.99
History and biography buffs might also enjoy these books in Thomas Nelson’s The Generals series for $1.99 each:
- Lee: A Life of Virtue by John Perry
- Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander by Paul Vickery
- Washington: A Legacy of Leadership by Paul Vickery
- Sherman: The Ruthless Victor by Agostino Von Hassell & Ed Breslin
- Pershing: Commander of the Great War by John Perry
To make a long post short, it took about 5 years of ministry to finally understand what it meant to commit to the gospel’s work in a particular congregation. Thankfully, I began a church planting internship at a church that made me take a step back and be a church member. No staff position or title. No flow chart responsibility. No pay. Just radical commitment to other people.
A transparent community is not simply one where we talk about what God did yesterday and how we came to enlightenment and grew and how today will be different. A transparent culture of confession is one where we say, “Here is where I am today and I am afraid I will always be like this and my inclination is to hide it away.” That is true transparency. That is true confession.
Josh Dzieza has written an interesting piece on how rating systems risk turning customers into ruthless middle managers. (Note: mild language warning.)
In which Ross Douthat declares war.
Of all the adjectives people might use to describe documentary films–important, artsy, difficult–one that does not spring immediately to mind is fun. But the new documentary Finders Keepers challenges this preconception of nonfiction films as hard work, offering a wild tale full of severed limbs, courtroom drama, and plenty of salty humor.
In the midst of the many belly laughs the film offers, though, it also poses a key question for sensitive viewers of documentaries: when is it okay to laugh at the people onscreen?