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.”
Videos of the Week
You Are More Than Your Enneagram Number, Jen Wilkin and J.D. Greear. Seeing who God is helps you understand who you are, and knowing who you are helps you know how you should live. Sadly, too often we get bogged down in the “knowing who I am” bit. It is wise to know yourself, wiser still to know how you should live.
How Smartphone Notifications Got Out of Control (And What You Can Do About It), WIRED. You may be curious how you got to the point of having your phone interrupt you every 30 seconds for your entire waking life. You may also be curious how to wake up from this notification nightmare without losing touch or missing out. Wired has you covered.
Articles of the Week
Our Mud Huts: Why Do We Stick with Dating Traditions That Break Our Hearts? Andrée Seu Peterson. “What’s wrong with this dating tradition we have? Why does this failed custom feel like the American version of the mud-and-dung hut folly? … Westerners are so used to incurring courtship-related psychological crippling, nobody thinks it’s a big deal to have walking broken people among them. It’s a rite of passage, we think. Grandpa did it, we think. Well, Grandpa Kioko probably died of chronic bronchitis too.”
How LGBT Pride Month Became a Religious Holiday, Joe Carter. June is drawing to a close, and if you haven’t yet heard that June is LGBT Pride Month, you are a rare minority. Carter takes a look at how this commemoration came to be, why it has the power it does, and what Christians should do in response.
Is God Angry at Me When I Sin? John Piper. Before we were believers, we could not please God (Hebrews 12:6). Now that we are believers, we do please God, and he feels great delight in us as his children. But does that change from moment to moment, specifically when we continue to sin? A helpful and pastoral answer here.
On the Lighter Side
Did Blowing into Nintendo Cartridges Actually Do Anything? Daven Hiskey. If you’re a child of the ‘90s, you know exactly what this is about. If you weren’t blessed to grow up in the ‘90s, my condolences. The age-old question of Nintendo has finally been cracked: Did it help to blow into Nintendo games when they were on the fritz? Hiskey brings science into the mix and has an answer. (I still think he’s wrong, though. I was there! It totally worked!)