Top Reads – January 2018

Following on from my Top Reads of 2017 (and a blog post about my Top Ten Books of 2017!), here’s the first listicle of things I read this year. In January I’ve been pretty busy, but have managed to get some reviews done, and quite a few articles/blog posts read too.

  1. Doing Political Theology, Waiting for King Jesus – this post by Jonathan Leeman is a great review of James K. A. Smith’s Awaiting the King.
  2. General Data Protection Regulations – this blog post from Global Connections is essential reading for any organisation using the internet in the UK.
  3. Engaging the Word: Biblical Literacy and Christian Discipleship – I read, reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed this excellent little book.
  4. What’s Wrong with the Passion Translation? A great blog post from Andrew Wilson, asking some important questions of a popular new ‘version’ of the Bible…
  5. China’s new way to drown out the Christian message? A sea of tat. This is an incisive article in The Spectator, looking at how one government is challenging the Christmas story. If this interests you, you should check out my review of China’s Urban Christians.
  6. 4 Things you can’t do without systematic theology. This is a great blog post by Stephen Wellum over at the Gospel Coalition. Fuel for thought, and also an encouragement.
  7. The Goldilocks Zone. Edited by Chris Green, this is a collection of the writings of Mike Ovey, including some prophetic talks from Gafcon.
  8. Oprah: Prophet, Priestess … Queen? This is a superb article by Ross Douthat in the New York Times, which should be a challenge to churches, politicians, and all of us who consume mainstream media.
  9. Buy a cat, stay up late, don’t drink: top 10 writers tips on writing. This is an enjoyable and provocative Guardian article, which I’d recommend to anyone who likes to write!
  10. A Burnt-out Case: Aquinas and the way we work now. This is a fascinating article in Commonweal Magazine, looking at the practice of work, with some interesting observations on burnout.

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