‘A little later than I hoped, but here it is. This week’s Six for Saturday. For those who didn’t see last week’s post, this is a weekly list of six good things I read/watched/listened to this week. Here goes.
I mentioned last week that I enjoyed N.D. Wilson’s interview with Stephen Altrogge for the podcast Only the Good Stuff at the Blazing Center. On Monday I started binging the podcast, listening to three or four episodes a day. These are long podcasts, almost always over forty minutes in length. Only the Good Stuff is advertised as “a conversation between Stephen Altrogge and guests about things they love. No grumbling, no complaining, only good stuff. We discuss the things that are making us really HAPPY! If you need a burst of joy in your life, this is the podcast for you.” I love that concept, and the execution is even better. I’m listening to episode #22 with Russell Moore as I write. There are several things I love about this podcast. It’s introduced me to writers and artists that I wasn’t aware of before, I’ve picked up some great recommendations for books and movies and other things, and there’s just something really wholesome about listening to people talk about how they are enjoying God’s good gifts. Some of my favorites so far are the first episode with Paul Tripp, #9 with Ricky Alcantar, and #16 with Dave Barnes.
Jonathan Rogers wrote a very humorous and thoughtful article about the power of art for The Rabbit Room. “What I didn’t understand–not at seven, not at thirty-something–was that however feeble my offering, it met Donny’s mother in a way that didn’t have a whole lot to do with me. Because coming and going, art is a kind of grace.”
Rebecca McLaughlin, writing for the Gospel Coalition, took on the question “Is It Wrong to Try to Persuade Others to Change Their Beliefs?” … and knocked it out of the park. “The world’s major belief systems make different claims on truth. The consequences are real. If we love our friends, we will seek to persuade them. To be sure, this effort can be attempted in an aggressive way that makes the other person feel like an enemy, not a friend. But persuasion, prefaced by listening—with respect and without coercion—is a deep and risky offering of love.”
Mark Maulding wrote a great guest post for Ann Voskamp’s blog about how defining ourselves biblically can help us overcome sin and addiction. This is not about a mind trick. It’s about letting the redeeming work of Jesus become the source of your identity. “When Jesus was raised from the dead, God created a new you that was resurrected with Him. This resurrected new self is clarified in a familiar verse, 2 Corinthians 5:17: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!'”
There’s a super, super encouraging piece up on Relevant on how to handle setbacks without settling. “Dreams don’t happen void of setbacks, dreams happen as you push through a thousand of them. Setbacks aren’t dream-killers, they are dream-refiners. The only time you’ll really settle is if you completely give up.” Paul Angone’s article might be the best I read this week.
Last but not least, I want to point out two amazing new pop songs that I covered in yesterday’s New Music Friday roundup. The first is Rita Ora’s “Anywhere” and the second is “Kids in Love” by Kygo featuring The Night Game and Maja Francis. Featuring new pop songs is not something I plan on doing normally in Six for Saturday posts, but I just don’t want you to miss out on these two great jams.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your weekend!