Pillars Perusal | April 10

If you’re anything like all of us on the Pillars Team, your reading list is infinitely long, but you’re always looking for more. Not to worry, we are here to help! Here’s a round up of our favorite resources so far this month:

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Books

Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard 

In  The Divine Conspiracy,Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour de force that shows the necessity of profound changes in how we view our lives and faith. In an era when many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully capturing the central insights of Christ’s teachings in a fresh way for today’s seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to experience God–by knowing Him as an essential part of the here and now, rather than only as a part of the hereafter… 

 

The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher 

From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo–Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state’s assault, but it will not stop the West’s slide into decadence and dissolution.

Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actually the way back—all the way to St. Benedict of Nursia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians… 

 

Evidence that Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World, Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell 

The updated edition of the modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated—because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original  Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. Now, with his son, Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites readers to bring their doubts and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions. 

 

Posts

How to Argue on the Internet: A Step-by-Step Guide, The Babylon Bee

Sarcasm is our love language. Which is why you can often find our staff giggling at Christian satire site, The Babylon Bee. Because sometimes the world is really ridiculously awful and laughing at unhelpful advice like “Set your Caps Lock key to ATTACK” from this article is just what we need to bring a little perspective back to our lives.

 

Podcasts 

The Coalition for Christian Outreach Podcast | Jackie Hill-Perry’s speech The Fall  

Listen to Jackie Hill-Perry speak about the The Fall (Genesis) at the Jubilee 2018 event. 

The City of God Podcast with Dr. Owen Strachan | Campus Conflict: Ben Shapiro on Millenials and the Clash of Ideas 

Discussing the rise of Shapiro’s conservative podcast and the strong upswing in in folks like Jordan Peterson, Shapiro comments on a discussion with Peterson and this new found attention, “Who would have thought that ‘tell the truth’ and ‘be responsible for your own actions’ would be actual selling points”. 

Note: While you’re there check out this recent episode too:  The Theology of Rob Bell and Post-Evangelicals 

 

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