Evaluating Online Pundits, What Forgiveness Is Not, & Do I Have the Coronavirus?

Wisdom for Your Weekend is your regular installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web. Presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with guidance from Pastor J.D., this is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”  

While we do not always agree with everything these authors post, we share these resources because we find them challenging and enriching. As we often say around the Summit, “Eat the fish and spit out the bones.”

Articles of the Week

Boredom Is But a Window to a Sunny Day Beyond the Gloom, Neel Burton. The prescription Burton advises may be a bit lacking, but he’s absolutely right in his main premise: Boredom is not a situation we should avoid, but an opportunity to grasp. For most of us, we battle boredom. But, ironically, we would be healthier and happier if we embraced it.

Politics Is Not a Test of Fellowship, Andrew T. Walker. Have you heard? There’s an election coming later this year. Politics has never been a natural unifier, but as our political climate continues to fracture, we need reminders like Walker’s: Jesus explicitly prayed that his church would be united. That unity might seem impossible in the current political landscape. And without God, it literally is. But with God, we can remain united, even as we disagree humbly and with charity.

Five Things Forgiveness Is Not, Brad Hambrick. Forgiveness is a beautiful and scandalous biblical truth. But as with all beautiful things, when it is warped, it becomes something dangerous. What are the false ideas we often consider “forgiveness,” and how does the Bible confront those false ideas?

What to Do If You Think You Have the Coronavirus, Beth Skwarecki. As verified cases of coronavirus continue to grow, you’ve probably begun to wonder if you should start panicking. So, should you panic? No. But should you be ready? Yes. Skwarecki gives you four ways to prepare: (1) Always seek help for shortness of breath; (2) Start by calling your doctor; (3) Stay home if you could be contagious; and (4) Protect the people you live with.

Seven Questions to Ask in Evaluating Online Pundits, Kevin DeYoung. As most of us get our news (and interpretation of the news) from online sources, we need a strong sense of discernment. It takes no time at all to find scores of articles defending just about any perspective. So, how can we tell who is worth listening to and who is a troll? Ask DeYoung’s seven questions and walk the way of wisdom.

On the Lighter Side

How to Escape a Boring Meeting, The Office. This only works if you are eight to nine months pregnant. But it works.