What are you enjoying right now?
Sometimes, we need to step back and ask a question like that.
Philippians 4:8 challenges believers to think and dwell on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable.” So the Facts & Trends staff would like to regularly share our “Favorites” at the moment.
It might be a new book or podcast we’re enjoying or something going on in our lives we want to share. Hopefully, you’ll think about things that are your favorites right now and maybe find something else to add to your list.
Aaron Earls (@WardrobeDoor), online editor: The church needs to do a better job in our interactions with the surrounding culture. Particularly, we must be better at understanding, appreciating, and being involved in the Arts. Because of that, I greatly appreciate Bruce Ashford’s Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians.
Drawing from phenomenal philosophers and theologians, the book is a great introduction to a consistent Christian view of culture. That is part of my only complaint—I wish it were longer. It opens so many great conversations that I wished Ashford had been able to develop his points more fully.
But there are other books for that and Every Square Inch works well for someone who wants a quick overview of relevant topics and suggestions for further reading for those, like myself, who want to dive deeper in the discussion.
Matt Erickson (@_Matt_Erickson), managing editor: I’ve barely started reading Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke, but I’m confident it’s going to be excellent. I believe this based on what I know of Newton’s letters and based on the glowing endorsements. (Incidentally, I highly recommend reading the endorsements before starting a book.)
Here’s one such endorsement: “Linger long here. The depths and riches within these pages are truly rare and answer what your soul most hungers for: life in Christ. I will be returning to this book many, many times over.” Ann Voskamp, author, New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts
Lisa Green (@lisaccgreen), senior writer: My grandmother will reach her 92nd birthday this week, whether she knows it or not. If it’s a good day, she may remember who she is. If not, she may not recognize her own children.
But I found encouragement in a blog post by The Gospel Coalition’s Jeff Robinson, whose mother suffers from dementia. “This is a real opportunity to serve a woman who served me selflessly for nearly five decades,” he writes. “Christ has not abandoned her. I must not abandon her either.”
Katie Shull (@KShull), graphic designer: Our family went on vacation to San Diego, so that is easily my Favorite. It is a beautiful city with a lot of fun activities. One thing that I had never done before was ride in an Uber car. I’ve always been skeptical if it works and whether or not it was safe.
While seal watching in La Jolla we walked about 3 miles along the coast and got lost trying to find a taco shop (long story). My kids were grouchy and hungry, and we all lacked the energy to hike back to the car. We decided to try Uber, and it saved us! Our driver was very friendly and drove us back to our car. The cost was reasonable and it’s fun to try something new. I’d recommend it.
Ashley Parmer, intern: After reading an article in last month’s issue of Christianity Today, I came across a blog that I love—Jon Acuff’s StuffChristiansLike.net. I love humor, and a blog with good Christian humor will send me into giggles (which it did!).
After scrolling down the page of posts both funny and inspiring, I came across a variety of things that made me think. And often times, I was able to say, “That’s true!”
What has made you smile so far this week? What would be your favorite today?