Happy Friday, y’all! Here are a few links I’ve enjoyed lately that I hope will be interesting and/or encouraging!
- First up, Michael Siegel over at Ordinary Times takes a look at the actual “fallout” from Gillete’s controversial “The Best Men Can Be” campaign back in January. (Spoilers: not as much as you’d think.)
- I hope this WorldMag article about a trend of library fines being waived is true, because I owe a bit of cash to my local library. (I’m kidding; of course, I’ll pay them…eventually.)
- I don’t think I’ve linked this before: Steve Kamb and the folks over at Nerd Fitness provide longish but really entertaining info articles about diet and exercise. This one about the low-carb, high-fat (or ketogenic) diet is interesting and worth a look if you want to cut through all the jargon. Also: here’s a beginner bodyweight workout that looks doable. I need to give that a try.
- One of the many questions our church is facing as we consider merging with a more established, older congregation is if and how to take on and run programs and services we aren’t used to–like a Sunday night prayer meeting. This 9Marks article by Matthew Fletcher gives a good argument for Sunday Night prayer meeting. Worth a look.
- This short article by Grayson Pope was a great exhortation both for my preaching and for my writing–the importance of warming a reader/listener’s heart.
- George Alvarado over at Things Above Us points out 9 common triggers for temptation to use pornography. I can attest that a lot of this list sounds pretty familiar. Take heed and examine yourselves, if this is an area of battle for you.
- Remy is a great political satirist. Here, he takes a shot at online cancel culture and the unearthing of embarrassing social media posts to discredit people.
- Finally, a fascinating 20-minute video about video games: The video’s creator (Razbuten) examines what it’s like for someone who never learned the “language” of video games to experience playing them for the first time. As someone who has played video games on and off for more than 30 years, I realize now how much of my experience I take for granted. If I could talk my wife into the experiment he lays out (no small task), I expect she would have some of the same reactions as his wife did (albeit less profanity-filled!). [Note: This video does contain a fair bit of strong language, so if this is a concern, don’t watch.]
Have a great weekend, friends! I’ll be back on Monday with the next installment of #SmundaySchool and more #52Stories a bit later in the week. See you then!