Top Reads: June 2017

Every month, echoing both my 2017 Reading Challenge and my commitment to reading, I try to recommend a few things that I’ve particularly enjoyed reading, watching or hearing. Following on from last month’s motley selection, here’s what I read and digested in June, that I’d hope would be wider read than I deserve:

  1. Why I won’t be marking myself as ‘safe’ on Facebook today. This is an interesting Independent article on how people use the internet. Worth reading.
  2. After Five Centuries, Religious War has Returned to Britian. This Spectator article by one of my favourite public historians is a vital read for those atttempting, like me, to understand and engage with oru culture.
  3. Social Media, The Tories May Want to Reconsider. I’ve been delighted to see my brother’s new niche as a political writer. Seriously, though, this is a mature and realistic assessment of the impact of social media on the UK’s recent General Election. Do read, mark, learn and inwardly digest.
  4. Where was God when that happened? This new little book from The Good Book Company winsomely and wisely, in my opinion, engages with a key question for Christians.
  5. What causes disunity? This question is the crux of a conversation waiting to begin. Ian Paul reflects on Jesus teaching in John 17 in a way I resonate with.
  6. Why It’s a Bad Idea to Run a Church Like a Business. This online Christianity Today Article by Karl Vaters nails my concerns with the way that many churches and Christians unthinkingly baptise secular principles.
  7. Unpopular Culture. The new book from Guvna B (With an accompanying Album, apparently, not that I’ll understand/get it) is a triumph. Do read my review.
  8. What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin. This is a thought-provoking blog post from Phil Moore over at thinktheology.
  9. Do You Believe in the Nuclear Deterrent? This classic video from the British comedy series ‘Yes Minister’ is a light-hearted way of thinking about a serious issue.
  10. When Evangelicals Care. I reviewed this brilliant, readable and accessible history of a key evangelical charity. Do you care about old people? Then read this book.

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