Netted recently, April 8

It seems to be a trendy thing for bloggers to post a weekly (or daily in some cases!) list of links to items on the internet that have caught their interest. Being a very untrendy person myself I have avoided this, but am beginning to see the usefulness of it as a way to empty my email inbox (yeah, I’m one of those old farts who uses email instead of Twitter, RSS or DIGG or whatever else is new that I can’t keep up with). Point being, I have collected a large number of reminders of stuff I think is interesting and would like to comment on but simply do not have the time to write a full blog post about. So I’m going to begin consolidating some of these into a roundup of miscellaneous ‘possibly of interest’ links. They may not always be recent articles, just stuff that got me thinking in one way or another. Frequency of such ‘Netted recently’ posts may vary (as with all posts on this blog!).

Netted recently (and not so recently):
  • Poverty versus wealth, which is more spiritual? Trevin Wax has written a thoughtful article about a discussion between David Platt and James MacDonald debating sacrifice and generosity. The really good stuff is after his summary of the discussion when Trevin discusses his own experience of wealth shock living as an American in Romania as a missionary. His conclusion that “a radical, unshakeable commitment to all three principles” [that money and possessions are a good gift from God, can become idolatrous, and we are called to exercise stewardship of our finances in a way that pleases the Lord and furthers the spread of His name] is more likely to encourage me to give more than telling me to be ‘radical’ and give away all I own.
  • This one is from five months ago, Digital Discernment –  from John MacArthur: our concern should not be, “How many people can I get to follow me?” but rather, “How can I bear witness to the wonder of following Christ?” He also makes some good points about the need to think deeply about our faith: believers must not allow blogs, tweets, and status updates to become their primary source of theological education or spiritual input. If they do, they will inevitably become doctrinaly shallow and spiritually malnourished. Overall a thoughtful, albeit slightly negative, consideration of social media encouraging Christians to think about how we engage with it.
  • Unmasking Burma’s ‘Democracy’(link broken):  “I was aware that if I had been Burmese, I would have been treated far worse. Undoubtedly, the late-night knock on the door would have been far more frightening—I would have been hooded, beaten, tortured and jailed. It is possible that I might not even have survived.”