Midweek Roundup - 10/16/13

Every Wednesday, we like to share a few recent links that you may find informative, insightful, or helpful. The articles and posts will often be related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. Our hope is that this list will be an interesting break for the middle of your week, encouraging your faith and equipping you for life and ministry.

1. Forbes places The Poverty of Nations by Grudem and Asmus in their list of "The Books That Inspire America's CEOs"

"It’s highly inspirational because it provides a lot of insight for why successful countries with successful political economic frameworks go into decline, and how to avoid that." Mueller likes the book so much he's hoping it becomes a staple of every Grand Canyon University student's education.

2. Michael Horton delivers an address on John Calvin in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Much like monastic piety, evangelical spirituality often tends toward viewing the Christian life as the individual’s ascent of mind or spirit. It is a personal relationship with God—direct and unmediated. One “gets saved” and then decides to join (or, perhaps, not join) his visible church. Along this line of thinking, “means of grace” are chiefly private disciplines or activities that facilitate the individual’s spiritual growth. . . .

Calvin assumes an entirely different paradigm.

3. Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International, reviews Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

Busyness is the new black. It’s in fashion. Being busy validates our sense of self-worth and importance. Today, people are going, giving and serving. And I’m thrilled about the awakening of the Church toward activism and service.

But I wonder if being busy is really the best practice in cultivating long-term health and spiritual depth. Might we be speeding toward a backlash of burnout?

4. Jared Wilson explains when and how it's appropriate to criticize your pastor

Now, just because you are allowed to criticize your pastor doesn’t mean you are allowed to do it any way that seems right to you. So when criticism is merited, how should you criticize your pastor?

1. Gently. 2. Personally and privately, first. If necessary, personally and with witnesses, second. 3. Humbly. 4. Respectfully. 5. Graciously and lovingly.

5. Russell Moore interviews hip-hop artist Flame

Hip-hop artist Flame, a Dove, Stellar, Grammy nominee, and graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s undergraduate Boyce College, recently released his seventh album, “Royal Flush.”  Flame joined Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, to discuss the opportunity Christian hip-hop artists have to be salt and light in the music industry, and how hip-hop can be an avenue for gospel witness.