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 occasional 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.”
Videos of the Week
Summit Worship Acoustic Sessions. Our Summit worship team gathered a couple months back to make these “acoustic sessions” of a handful of our favorite worship songs. It’s powerful to see the people that lead us in worship carried away by the beautiful truths they are singing.
The Only One
How Great Thou Art / O Come Let Us Adore Him
You Are Our God
Articles of the Week
Among the Abortion Extremists, Ross Douthat.“But everyday liberalism is sufficiently muddled between semi-Christian ideas and a utilitarian materialism that mostly the system is defended by euphemism and evasion, and by a failure to imagine oneself as all of us once were: tiny and dependent and hidden, and yet still essentially ourselves.”
Four Ways Christians Should Share Their Faith That Are Actually Effective, Matt Chandler. Living in an increasingly “post-Christian” society may be uncomfortable for many of us, but as Chandler argues, this is actually a great time to be a Christian. Historically, Christianity has always thrived the most when it occupied not positions of power, but positions on the margins. In the midst of this new, challenging environment, we need to be strategic in our approach to evangelism. Want some advice? Here are four great starters.
Fighting for Life in “A Quiet Place,” Greg Morse. If you plan to watch “A Quiet Place,” you may want to read this review after seeing the movie, as there’s a key spoiler in here. For the rest of us, (Note: I abstain from horror movies less from conviction and more from self-preservation), this is a fascinating interpretation of both the movie and our current society. “A Quiet Place” dives into the fears of parenting and the beauty of selfless love. Surprisingly, amidst our pro-choice culture, we find a popular movie that stands for human lives worth sacrificing for.
My Life Is Full, Not Busy, Lore Ferguson Wilbert. There’s a fine line between having full days and busy ones. Perhaps the most telling difference between the two is maintaining margin. Wilbert has been attempting to instill more margin in her life of late, not only through her calendar but also through her language—forcing herself to call her life “full” instead of “busy.” It’s a discipline you may want to adopt yourself.
On the Lighter Side
No, I Will Not Attend Your Trash Party, Jessica Hagy.