Your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.
Book Review of the Week
Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide, by Frank Page. Reviewed by Thom Rainer.
Articles of the Week
Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit, D. A. Carson, Kevin DeYoung, Justin Taylor.
Beyond Prevention, Brad Hambrick. In light of the SGM lawsuit, churches need to think through their abuse response policy. Or, perhaps, institute one for the first time. Brad Hambrick offers an excellent resource.
Why Do We Hate the Suburbs? Keith Miller. “Why are we down on suburbs? Do we have a biblically grounded objection rooted in our personal experiences, or have we merely baptized a secular prejudice and called it Christian ethics?”
The Real Value of Sex, Caryn Rivadeneira. Our culture tends to tell us that sex means nothing (it’s just biology) or that it means everything (without it life just isn’t whole). Both are lies. Sex has value, but not ultimate value.
What Our Words Tell Us, David Brooks, New York Times. Google has catalogued the words used in over 5 million books between 1500 and 2008. Brooks takes a look at the uncomfortable trends: individualism is on the rise; virtue is in decline.
On The Lighter Side
Don’t Fix It: Just Listen!