monday update

Monday Update #48 – January 20, 2014

Note: Every Monday I will be posting about what I have been reading, listening, writing, and doing in my life. Hopefully it gives a little insight into my life. Enjoy!

What I Enjoyed This Week

Sherlock is Back! The amazing BBC television series, staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, is a modern adaptation of the classic Sherlock stories; think of a Sherlock that uses cell phones, hacks computers, and is an expert in chemistry. From 2010 until 2013, there had been only 6 episodes, with the final installment leaving viewers peering over the edge of a mighty cliff (or a rather tall hospital). But last night there was a new episode, with 2 more scheduled in the coming weeks! Megan and I were super excited to see this one—the first episode of the series we’ve seen when it originally aired—and can’t wait for the next two!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat. In this book, Douthat identifies and describes the developments of several quasi-Christian strands in America over the last 50 years. He covers not just the liberal/fundamental/Evangelical splits, but also the growing number of recent splinters that come from these strands, including the prosperity gospel, the self-help gospel, and the America-as-New-Israel gospel. This is an engaging book, and one I would recommend to all who are interested in how Christianity has been shaped and molded by the culture.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

  • 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Welcoming Guests to Your Congregation

    Have you been in your church for so long that you’ve forgotten what it’s like to enter the building for the first time? Do you want to make guests feel welcome, but need help seeing your congregation through new eyes?

  • Are Millennials Joining High Church Traditions?

    That said, there is still an interesting discussion to be had about millennial Christians who aren’t happy with the state of evangelicalism and who are looking for something different. There’s a type of younger evangelical who is a conscientious, thoroughly orthodox believer who feels frustrated with the triviality and faddishness of popular evangelicalism. They long for a more historically informed liturgy, a greater emphasis on the sacraments, and a more integrated understanding of Christian faith. These types of younger evangelicals are the ones who often, though not always, end up converting to Catholicism or Orthodoxy.

  • 10 Mysterious Underwater Anomalies

    From surviving ancient manuscripts it is clear that there has always been a belief that new lands could rise up from the ocean, while old ones could sink into the sea, destroying former civilizations in the process. The most famous of all the lost lands is that of Atlantis, described in great detail by Plato almost 2,500 years ago. During the past century as we developed the technology to fly and with the advent of sonar and better diving equipment, numerous underwater anomalies have been discovered.

Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.

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