Jon Bloom shares an English translation of a new interview (from the Dutch newspaper, Reformatorisch Dagblad) with Tony Reinke, author of Lit!:
What do you think, in contrast, would the impact of a practice of slow reading be for our understanding of God?
The purpose of reading is to learn new things, experience new truth, and change for the better. The content that has most challenged and changed my own life are the resources I have invested the most time. The faster I scan, the less enduring impact is made. By default, this puts ephemeral blog posts and short articles at a disadvantage. Short online material appeals to scan-readers, but the low time commitment and focus it asks of the reader actually makes the piece unlikely to permanently alter the reader. Short blog posts or social media updates meant to be read quickly can affirm (or offend) our thinking, or they can bring clarifying affirmation to our thinking, but they do not require the time investment necessary to change a reader’s thinking. Changing minds will continue to be the work of long-form journalism and patiently read books.
While there are many terrible places on earth to be a Christian (Sudan, North Korea, Afghanistan, Bhutan, etc.), Pakistan is arguably the worst. Other nations persecute believers, but in Pakistan the entire country has spent generations forming a world view that values the torturing of those that claim the name of Christ.
Today you can get the hardcover edition of The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul (an Armstrong family favorite) for only $5 in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other items on sale:
- The Holiness of God (Extended Version) teaching series (CD)
- What’s So Great about the Doctrines of Grace? by Richard Phillips (ePub)
- Luther and the Reformation teaching series (DVD)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.
There’s something to be said for not saying anything.
In a church culture where cliches, cool quips, and candor are the currency, silence is most often seen as only deficiency. Add in a passion for theology, a thirst to see people grow in Christ, and a sprinkle of immaturity and the problem multiplies. Silence isn’t golden.
Except sometimes it is.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
The other day, I shared a fairly sizeable list of Kindle deals. Here are a few more:
- Revive Us Again by Walter Kaiser Jr—$3.98
- The Flow of the New Testament by Dale Leschert—$4.98
- 1-2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit by Bryan Chappell—$4.39
- Acts: The Church Afire by Kent Hughes—$4.99
- Isaiah: God Saves Sinners by Ray Ortlund—$4.99
- Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and on Earth by Douglas Sean O’Donnell—$4.99
And finally, four by R.C. Sproul:
Scotty Smith shares a prayer I needed to read (and pray myself!).
Sometimes I get envious of painters, plumbers, landscapers, carpenters and others who get to work with their hands and have something to show for it at the end of every day, or at least every week.
What do I and other “knowledge workers” have to show for it every seven days?