Wisdom For Your Weekend is your regular installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web. Presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with occasional guidance from Pastor J.D., this is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”
Articles of the Week
10 Questions Christians Should Ask of Their Entertainment, Kevin Halloran. Any post on entertainment that gives a tip of the hat to Neil Postman immediately gets my (Chris’) respect. Halloran is absolutely right that we need to think about much more than gratuitous sex and violence in our media consumption. Question 1 is the most refreshing. Question 7 was a complete surprise. And question 5 is a needed punch in the gut.
How to Love Your Ideological Enemy, Karen Swallow Prior. We often speak of cultural engagement in terms of the balance between grace and truth—the same balance that Jesus’ ministry typified (John 1:14). Prior offers an intriguing way to live that out with the notion of “hospitable orthodoxy.” Unbending in matters of truth, but receptive to new people, “hospitable orthodoxy” may be one of the best ways to remove the poison from today’s culture wars. (Side note: the more I read Karen Swallow Prior, the more I want to read Karen Swallow Prior.)