Weekend reading (1/27)

Weekend Reading

The Top 125 Influences on the Gospel-Centered Movement

This is a fascinating list compiled by Jared Wilson. (Note: read the caveats. They really do matter.)

The Great Irony of God’s Providence

Rob Tims:

Reading through the first chapters of Exodus, I see this same irony at work. In Exodus 1 and 2, the more the king of Egypt tried to curb the “problem” of a burgeoning Jewish population, the more they grew. In his frustration, he tried to use tools at his disposal that were even more harsh. Damage was inflicted for sure, but he was no closer to solving the problem. In fact, his efforts just made matters worse for him, and God used those efforts to balloon the population of the Jews even more.

Why Young Christians Need Old Books

Jaquelle Crowe:

Growing young Christians need mature old Christians to help guide, curb, and correct. And in God’s mighty providence, he has given us hundreds of mothers and fathers in the faith who help us through their writings. Authors like Augustine, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, John Newton, Fanny Crosby, J. C. Ryle, Amy Carmichael, and Corrie ten Boom still teach, admonish, convict, and encourage through their written words.

The Restaurants Trying to Shake Up Pasta

As a lover of food, I found this interesting.

The Busy Critic

Mike Leake:

Honestly, when I think of people I look up to spiritually, they don’t seem frazzled. They are active, they accomplish things within the kingdom of God, but they aren’t overcommitted and in a frenzy of activity. In fact, they seem to know how to properly say “yes” and “no”.

Personality Tests—A Waste or a Resource?

Ed Stetzer:

ost of us have taken at least one personality test over the course of our lifetime. Some prefer StrengthsFinder, others appreciate Myers–Briggs, but each with the same objective: to better understand who we are and what we should do.

The popularity of these tests has only skyrocketed in recent years. Thousands of companies use them as recruiting tools and countless individuals use them as a means to answer some of life’s big questions.

And these tests (or inventories) appeal to a part of us because we sense a certain longing to know why we’re here and, most importantly, what exactly we were placed on earth to accomplish.

6 quotes Christians need to let lie fallow

A favorite from the archives:

We Christians do love our quotes—and there are so many brilliant ones to choose from! But by golly, we sure do seem to be a repetitive bunch. Far too often, we’re using the same quotes, over and over.

And over.

So yesterday, inspired by a friend’s lament of the increased use of the Samwise “everything sad is coming untrue” quote from Lord of the Rings, I took to the Interwebs to get your feedback, asking what you believe are the most over-used quotes from Christian authors.

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