My Reading List: April 6 – April 12

Classic Album Covers in Google Street View – In Pictures by Halley Docherty

“From Pink Floyd to PJ Harvey, our Street View specialist shows us the world’s cities through the lens of famous album covers.”


Cosmos Upsets the Courtiers by Adam Lee

“I’m greatly enjoying the new Cosmos, but there are those who are none too pleased by it. Some of the critics are too laughable to take seriously, like the creationists who’re whining about not getting equal time. Then there are the ones who represent an allegedly more sophisticated theology, like this post by Andrew Sullivan, in which he straightfacedly asserts that Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popularization efforts are giving science a bad name. Why? His complaint stems largely from the first episode, which retells the infamous episode of Giordano Bruno.”


Florida Weighs Bill That Would Crush Craft Brewers by Barbara Liston

“While other states nurture craft breweries, the smaller craft brewers say politically influential national distributors have drawn a line in the sand in Florida to slow the growing popularity of independents who offer an alternative to the standard American light lager fare.”


I’d Rather Be Christlike Than Biblical by Mike Skinner

“A modest proposal: evangelicals should stop using the word biblical as an adjective and intentionally replace it with the word Christlike. Why? Because if we don’t become more careful with our words, we are in serious danger of “winning a culture war, but losing a generation.” Words have power. The specific words people choose to use in a conversation are packed with the potential to shape the outcome of a certain question or discussion.”


Sympathy for the Devil…or Pilate by Brian Zahnd

“It was Jesus’ ideas about truth and freedom that made him dangerous to the principalities and powers. But today our gospel isn’t very dangerous. It’s been tamed and domesticated. If Jesus of Nazareth had preached the paper-thin version of what passes for the “gospel” today — a shrunken, postmortem promise of “going to heaven when you die” — Pilate would have shrugged his shoulders and released the Nazarene, warning him not to get mixed up in the affairs of the real world. But that’s not what happened. Why? Because Pilate was smart enough to understand that what Jesus was preaching was a challenge to the philosophy of empire (or as we prefer to call it today, “superpower”).”


5 Overlooked Cultural Sins Threatening the Church by Rich Little

“The Kingdom of God is incredibly resilient. It tolerates much and withstands more. It’s easy to identify the obvious sins of culture that pose great threats but it may be the more subtle norms of culture that will yield the greatest damage to the work of the church. Being aware and alert to our own accommodation of these sins may make us more sensitive to the beauty of the Kingdom and just how different the Kingdom really is from the world.”