Midweek Roundup - 11/6/13

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

1. Tim Challies reviews What Is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk

What Is the Meaning of Sex? is a good book—a very good book—and one I heartily recommend. There are hundreds of books out there on sex and marriage, but none quite like this and I believe it will prove especially helpful to pastors and to ministry leaders who find themselves navigating increasingly tricky waters. Burk’s careful work in the text of Scripture lays a foundation that will provide guidance for even the most perplexing question.

2. James Hamilton explains the cover of his new book, What Is Biblical Theology?

What’s with the cover of What Is Biblical Theology?

You might find the image vaguely familiar, though it was new to me when Crossway suggested this cover. Turns out it’s a relatively well known piece by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte entitled “Son of Man.”

3. Catalyst interviews Kevin DeYoung about Crazy Busy

Ken Coleman is joined by Jason Haynes from the Catalyst Content Team. The featured interview is with Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church, about the spiritual dangers of busyness in the life of a Christian leader.

4. Ed Stetzer reflects on the multisite revolution

Unintended consequences are a reality. We fool ourselves if we do not believe we need to be wary of beaming a famous pastor to crowds waiting to watch on a movie screen. Clearly, this is not the case at every, or even most, multisite churches, but it is a built-in temptation that must be intentionally combated. The best multisite pastors are aware of that very issue-- and address it regularly by empowering local leaders, sending people out to new churches, and more.

5. Barna lists 5 things you need to know about adoption

3) Practicing Christians are more than twice as likely to adopt than the general population.

While Christians have built a reputation for many of the things they are against, adoption and foster care are emerging as a cause they are for. While only 2% of all Americans have adopted, this rises to 5% among practicing Christians. Practicing Christians are much more likely than others to have seriously considered adoption—38% of practicing Christians say they have, compared to 26% of all adults.