Weekly Roundup: December 14th 2018 (Merry Christmas, Pastor Wang, SBTS report on Slavery, lectures on caring for each other, my favorite books in 2018, and an excellent podcast on listening)
Merry Christmas from us here at Broad Oak Piety. By "us" I mean, me, by myself... sitting on a couch... in my living room. Anyways, I have really enjoyed my journey with you in 2018 and by God's grace look forward to a continued discipline of writing and ministering in 2019. This will be my last "new" post for 2018 as I will be taking a sabbatical for a couple of weeks. I am trying to use my sabbatical to really spend time with my family and unplug from technology altogether. I am sure there is plenty of materials I've written in the last several months you can catch up on. My plan, Lord willing, is to begin to post fresh articles beginning January 1st 2019. Until then, please keep in touch, keep reading here online and keep reaching out. I have been very encouraged by how many people are engaging and interacting with me about the content posted here. I hope you benefit from my ministry on this page. I work very hard to be discerning, thoughtful, and engaging. On behalf of me, my wife- Brayden and our son, Henry Jacob, we wish you a joyful and Merry Christmas as you celebrate the incarnation of our only Savior and hope of the world, Jesus Christ.
At Broad Oak Piety this Week:
Pastor Kevin Hass of By Grace Comunity Church (PCA) sent this article to me earlier this week. Pray for Pastor Wang and the Christians in China as they endure wicked persecution from a wicked government. This note Pastor Wang wrote impacted me tremendously this week and I pray it encourages your faith.
I personally appreciate Dr. Mohler's perspective on the issue of racism (I prefer calling it a breaking of the 6th Commandment instead of racism) at SBTS historically. I think this was balanced, wise, and crisp.
My good friend, Ryan Davidson invited me to come to his local church and lecture on how to Care for One Another biblically. This is a collection of 3 lectures on how I believe the church can begin to think through what this looks like. I hope you enjoy it.
This podcast is a recent listen for me and these guys have become some of my favorite weekly podcasters. Recently, I have been listening to them exclusively just because of how rich and practical the content is. You will be blessed by them.
This year I think I've read somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 books. I say that to tell you that it is very difficult to narrow 60 books down to 18 books. These were my absolute favorites I read this year. I have two more I am finishing that I probably would have added to this list (and will highlight later), but my "favorite 20 in 2018" doesn't quite have the same ring as "My 18 Favorite in 2018" does.