The Link 6.5.09: Teaching Writing, The Great Commission, and Church Planting

1. I cannot help but again recommend the Mat Kearney song “Closer to Love” to you.  So you know, it is not me who is doing the recommending, it is the musical beast inside of me. 2. What makes good writing good?  Can one teach others to write?  This New Yorker piece by Louis Menand [Read More...]

The Link 5.15.09: Star Trek’s Power, Carson on TGC, and the Millionaire Tire-Changer

1. Caught a great cultural insight in Anthony Lane’s hilarious New Yorker review of the new Star Trek movie: “[J. J. Abrams] is the perfect purveyor of fictions to a generation so easily and instinctively jaded that what it craves, above all, is a storteller who—with or without artistic personality, and regardless of any urge [Read More...]

The Moral Vision of a Tormented Man: The New Yorker Remembers Author David Foster Wallace

The New Yorker has just published a piece about the writer David Foster Wallace entitled “The Unfinished.” It details a depressed man who grasped for a moral vision and a lasting joy.  Sadly, it seems, he found neither, as the following quotations show. On his depression and seeming addiction to medication: “The writer David Foster [Read More...]

On Success and Hard Work: Interesting Books I Want to Read

1. Geoff Colvin’s Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everyone Else.  Colvin is the senior editor of Fortune magazine and should have some interesting things to say.  Here’s the book’s website blurb: “Why are some people so extraordinarily creative and innovative? Why can some continue to perform great at ages when conventional [Read More...]

Bad Parents! The New Yorker Scolds the “Helicopter Parent”

From Joan Acocella’s just-published New Yorker article entitled “The Child Trap: The Rise of Overparenting”: “We’ve all been there—that is, in the living room of friends who invited us to dinner without mentioning that this would include a full-evening performance by their four-year-old. He sings, he dances, he eats all the hors d’oeuvres. When you [Read More...]

The New Yorker’s Take on Evangelicals and Abstinence Education

Found this in the New Yorker and thought that this outsider’s take on evangelicalism and its approach to sex was quite worth reading, if over-heated and wrong-headed in places: “The “pro-family” efforts of social conservatives—the campaigns against gay marriage and abortion—do nothing to instill the emotional discipline or the psychological smarts that forsaking all others [Read More...]

Thumbspeak: The Phenomenon of “Texting” and What it Means for Communication

Good piece from the New Yorker just published in this week’s edition.  Entitled “Thumbspeak” and written by Louis Menand, the short article covers a new book by David Crystal, Txting: The Gr8 Db8.  Here are some quick hits from the interesting piece: The Anatomy of Texting (for those not in the know): “Most of the [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, June 20, 2008: New England Pastors

1. I don’t know if you saw this from a few days back, but a New England pastor named Josh left a moving comment on my blog about small churches. Here it is in its entirety: “I am a New England pastor, and I would wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. The pastors in my association [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, April 4, 2008: The Lord’s Prayer, Rhapsody in August, and the Explanatory Power of Credobaptism

1. My wife showed me this video of a tiny little girl singing the Lord’s prayer. It’s precious. Out of the mouth of babes… 2. If you have not seen have August Rush, then you have not heard “August’s Rhapsody”. Therefore, you are impoverished. Listen to this little girl sing–it is nothing short of rapturous! [Read More...]

The Strange and Consuming Spectacle That Is “Extreme Home Makeover” and “Oprah’s Big Give”

I confess that until recently I had not watched a minute of the ABC show “Extreme Home Makeover.” Then, randomly, I watched a few moments several weeks ago, my snobbery at mainstream American entertainment (temporarily) overcome. I came away touched by the show’s heart, even as I found aspects of it quite interesting. There’s another [Read More...]


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