Monday Update #54 – March 3, 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’m Not Looking Forward To This Week

Always Winter, Never Christmas! This whole winter has seemed to be 10x longer than normal. Here in Upstate New York, it is partially because of the crazy low temperatures, and partially because when winter hits, we say goodbye to the grass and clear parking lots for months. And it looks like this week will be no different. While we won’t get the snowfall like PA and NJ will be getting this week, we are looking at lows pretty far below zero each day. No wonder we are getting so many students asking about our Beach Trip!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished the fantastic biography by Alister McGrath called CS Lewis — A Life. McGrath, one of my favorite authors, recounts the life of Lewis in a delightful and illuminating read. The book also serves as a biography of Lewis’s most famous works; McGrath places each book in its context in the life of Lewis. The first major biography of Lewis since his collected papers were published, there are plenty of rich citations and quotations; I found it rewarding to read this book with the three volumes of the Lewis letters close by to look up a quote. This is a great book for anyone who has been influenced by Lewis. On a side note, look for some of the best quotes from the book on this blog in the coming days.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

  • What You Have to Do First Before You Can Agree or Disagree with Someone

    You must be able to say, with reasonable certainty, “I understand,” before you can say any one of the following things: “I agree,” or “I disagree,” or “I suspend judgment.”

  • Jesus, the Antidote to Blame Transference Syndrome by Jared C. Wilson

    Understanding BTS [Blame Transference Syndrome] helps us see how sin works and how infectious and complex it can be: We believe lies to enter sin, and then we try to cover up our shame, dismiss it, hide from consequences, protect, and self-justify once inside it. Then, when we are called to account, we try to get out of it by offering some excuse about why it’s not really our fault. All of this begs the question: How do we get out of this mess?

  • Who Wears the Crown? by Peter Leithart

    Arguments won’t turn the tide. We need to fight symbols with symbols, stories with better stories, encouraged by the recollection that injustices and tyrannies have been toppled more often by symbols than by swords or bombs. Above all, we need to grasp the political potency of courageous testimony or, to use the biblical term, martyria.

Brandon Schmidt

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

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