Picks of The Week

I am often asked what I read, or what kinds of media I find interesting. To this end I thought it would be helpful to begin sharing some of the things that I find particularly interesting in the week and give a little commentary from a biblical worldview perspective. Hopefully this will help us all to Think Through It.

The Gondolier – RadioLabGondo

What is the end of Gender Confusion in the world? This story is a wonderful example of the confusing end of humanism. We all struggle with identity whether it is with our work, success, image, or relationships, but of course the gospel sets us free from all of this. The gospel calls us to be a new man or woman, identified by who we are in Jesus as sons and daughters of God. For more of my thoughts on this see this 2015 Sermon.

How St. Augustine Invented Sex – The New Yorker

It’s amazing how much influence Freud has had on the modern understanding of human drive and this article is definitely written from this modern perspective. How should Augustine actually be defined? I would encourage you to consider his own words through this easy to read translation of his Confessions.

Les Misérables (2012)

Paige and I spent a few nights this week chipping away at Les Misérables after we put the kids to bed (we are too old and tired to watch a movie in one sitting these days). It has long been one of my favorite musicals, a story of redemption, order, hope, struggle, and love. Obviously Les Mis falls short of a robust biblical theology but it does do 2 things really well. First, it really helps the viewer think about the human experience and to ask some of the foundational questions of what it means to be human. Second, the concluding thesis of Les Mis (which is, “to love another person is to see the face of God”) is certainly getting at what is true in this life. The how, why, and what of that statement is where the gospel comes in and makes so much sense of everything. It is an almost five year old movie and the Hollywood vocalists certainly don’t match their Broadway peers but it is well made, well acted, and worth a first or a second watch.

I won’t be able to post next week but let me know if this is a helpful experiment and I will be back in a few weeks with more picks of the week encouraging you and hopefully helping you to think through it.