It’s been awhile since I last posted links to great reads to enrich your minds and hearts. I apologize, busy days. Well, here are a few that I just couldn’t keep to myself. Enjoy:

  1. ON WHALES AND WORSHIP LYRICS  Jen Wilkin tackles a subject I have been thinking a lot about lately; music and entertainment in the church. Her article also sheds light on the basis of my Lyrical Reviews series: “We live in a time when music, church or otherwise, serves our personal taste, and where lyrics are often an afterthought … A worship song is “anointed” if it moves us deeply, whether the words communicate anything coherent or not..
  2. A REVIEW WITH A TWIST  This is an interesting review of the book “Zealot” by Reza Aslan … “You know what? Yeah, this guy, Aslan, is a pretty slick writer. But I’ve heard it all before. There’s nothing new under the sun. Some things are just too complex for humanity to wrap their wee little minds around. Take Jesus, for example.” 
  3. IN PRAISE OF THE LOW-MINDED CHRISTIAN I enjoyed reading this: “I’m talking about the low-minded Christian. Everybody knows one. Or two. They send you chain blessing emails. (Send this back to me and 5 other people, or you’re a mean pud who doesn’t like God) … They probably believe the earth is 6,000 years old. They’re Christians primarily because they don’t want to go to hell. They want to go to heaven primarily to see their grandma.”
  4. ARIEL CASTRO’S PORN ADDICTION James Conley: “Ariel Castro belongs in prison. Last week, he was sentenced to serve more than one thousand years. But despite the depths of his depravity, when Castro stood shackled in a Cleveland courtroom, he confessed a common American problem. “I believe I am addicted to porn,” he said, “to the point where I am impulsive, and I just don’t realize that what I am doing is wrong.”” As a supporting read, I found this article on The Independent quite interesting, on Castro’s sentencing.
  5. “WHO AM I TO JUDGE?” WHAT THE POPE REALLY SAID Al Mohler: The key sentence in the Pope’s remarks is this: “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?”” The papal remarks put the international press into a frenzy. But what did the pope really say/mean?

That ought to do it for the week. Have a blessed read.

Cornell.