It's been a few months since the last installment of cold links, my attempt to pan the nuggets of gold out of the avalanche of mud on the internet. These articles aren't necessarily Christian, but represent clear and challenging or at least beautiful thinking and writing.
Did you see Rut's article on Challies' blog? "Snowflakes, Suicide, and Scripture" is a topic I heard Rut speak on briefly last year. Rarely has a five-minute speech changed my thinking so radically. I was so challenged by his remarks that I asked him for his notes and am even more glad he wrote them into an article. Anyone interested in ministering to the younger generations among us really needs to read and meditate on this.
Our friend Laura Cerbus has a challenging and helpful meditation on being an American, especially in a cross-cultural context. Her conclusion is clear-minded and helpful: "We cannot be, nor were we meant to be, a-cultural. As much as we may try, we cannot fully distance ourselves from the cultures that have formed us."
Carl Trueman took Josh Harris' departure from the faith as an opportunity to ask serious questions about the famous "Young, Restless & Reformed" movement so popular a few years back. The lessons the church could learn and apply today from the failures of embracing celebrity culture are many and painful.
An important article from last year recently resurfaced: "God of the Second Shift." Jeff Haanen begins with an observation and question: "Today, when American evangelical leaders talk about work, the working class—which is two-thirds of the American workforce—is largely absent. What are we missing?" If we have any desire at all to minister to the working class, we have to do better. This article can help. (It is behind a firewall...worth the price, though.)
One for the coffee lovers: "The Humble Brilliance of Italy's Moka Coffee Pot." It turns out the famous moka pot is a gateway for learning the modern history of coffee itself.
A couple years ago, Rachel Green Miller took aim at a common (mis)interpretation of Genesis 3:16 and what it means God says to Eve, "Your desire will be for your husband." You'll be helped by learning the source of the newer, faulty idea that a wife's desire will be to rule over her husband. Rather, God's comment to Eve is one of grace and hope, that despite her pain in childbirth, she will still love her husband deeply even as he leads her graciously.
Finally, World magazine's regular portrayals of great ministries of mercy should be celebrated. I loved reading "Picked Up, Sanded Off" about Purposeful Design, a woodshop in downtown Indianapolis employing ex-addicts and homeless men building custom furniture.