Top Reads: July 2017

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Off the back of what I read and enjoyed in June, here’s the list of things I’ve read and would, in some way, recommend, in the month of July 2017:

  1. Corbyn copy: Why Jeremy and Trump are (almost) the same. This is a provocative and probing Spectator article that I wish more of my friends would read… I’m not sure the title pun (they were clearly going for ‘carbon copy’) quite works…
  2. The Orwellian nightmare of transgender politics. Brendan O’Neill, in a particularly characteristically provocative piece for Spiked, asks some hard questions.
  3. Should we still read Eugene Peterson? This Gospel Coalition piece was written in the hours-long window when he appeared to affirm gay marriage, before backtracking. Regardless, it is helpful for thinking through what we do with the work and legacy of people who we wouldn’t wholly or even partially endorse…
  4. The Selfish Gospel by Freddie Pimm. This debut book from a junior doctor who speaks at Soul Survivor is a brilliant look at how we need to come again and afresh at the heart of the Gospel.
  5. Inclusive Community? This is a great blog post by Glen Scrivener, one of my favourite evangelists and internet personalities.
  6. First Church of Intersectionality. This probing and provocative piece over at First Things is a helpful contribution to thinking about intersectionality.
  7. The Failing Dam of Liberal Society. Alastair Roberts, a blogger everyone should be reading, has written this great post about, well, what the title says!
  8. Let us now praise middle men (and women): A Theology for the Hospitality Industry. This great essay over at cardus by Jesse Smith is fascinating.
  9. Why men use prostitutes. Julie Blindel writes for the Guardian in a fascinating examination of a side of our sexualised culture rarely talked about
  10. 11 Advantages Of Having 50 Churches of 100 Instead Of 1 Church Of 5,000. This practical piece in Christianity Today is a strong challenge to our contemporary culture of church growth.

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