The Week-est Link, November 21, 2008: Keller, Psychotic Kids, and More

1. I saw several Keller articles linked somewhere this week and wanted to sharekeller them with you. The series is a few years old (don’t let that in any way deter you from reading) and is called “Advancing the Gospel into the Twenty-First Century.” Parts one, two, three, and four all make for exceptionally provocative reading and thinking.

2. This week, the New York Times ran a disturbing story on the use of antipsychotic drugs with children. Here’s a frightening section: “From 1993 through the first three months of 2008, 1,207 children given Risperdal suffered serious problems, including 31 who died. Among the deaths was a 9-year-old with attention deficit problems who suffered a fatal stroke 12 days after starting therapy with Risperdal.”

There are serious psychological problems that can develop in children and adults. But in general, we seem to see a pattern in our day: weak parenting due to loss of Judeo-Christian cultural influence, strong children with bad behavior, hapless parents who turn to psychology and drugs for help, children who suffer and may even die. The adoption of unChristian modes of thought by adults leads to suffering for children. A sad and twisted world, this.

3. Recently read through Harry L. Reeder III’s The Leadership Dynamic. I can’t say that the text is itself unusually dynamic, but it is a solid walkthrough of Christian leadership by a faithful pastor with a great mind for military history. Quite readable, and full of good anecdotes.

4. Also picked up a book called Total Church with some good ideas about holding truth and community in balance in a day when churches can fall off on either side. The authors, Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, make the case for a house church model. I didn’t come away from the text certain that I had to start a house church, but the book did make me think hard about how we Americans can unhelpfully idealize the institutional church. I would recommend Total Church–it will make you think about the church.

5. If you live in the Chicagoland area, you should make it out to Newport Coffee in Bannockburn (right near Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) at least once. Best coffee I’ve had up here, and I’ve researched mochas intensively since I came. If you want a great burger, go to Norton’s in Highland Park. Unbelievably good.

–Have a spiritually nourishing weekend, all.

  • Kyle Sprecher

    Owen,

    I’m all for local coffee shops like Newport. But if you want *the* best coffee in Chicagoland (or the States for that matter), you must try Intelligentsia coffee. Check it out: http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/. You can only buy it at select stores (e.g. Whole Foods) because they only sell the coffee if it’s been freshly roasted. But you can order online, and they have hundreds to chose from. A gift from God, no doubt. -K

  • owenstrachan

    Kyle–I’ve tried it and really like it. I’m a little partial to Newport–I think it’s richer. But you’re right, Intelligentsia is delicious.

    Thanks for your kind words about the Henry Center. It’s a delight to serve engaged students like you–please tell us how we can better serve you in the future.

  • http://www.thecrowdedhouse.org Steve Timmis

    Hi Owen
    Glad you enjoyed Total Church. Just wanted to clarify something though: it’s not advocating a household model. The congregation I lead isn’t a household church. Recognising that might encourage leaders in more traditional settings to apply the principles. Enjoy grace. Steve


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