Monday Update #56 – March 17, 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

Four Seasons in One Week! Monday and Tuesday this week were very nice, so nice that Megan, the dog, and I went for our first long walk of the year. It seemed as though everyone else had the same idea; we talked with a bunch of people on Market Street who were out enjoying the nice weather.

But then Wednesday came. It started like a rainy spring day, but ended with a whiteout and big, fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky. Thursday morning was worse, as all the snow and rain, combined with the frigid temperatures, caused some of the side roads and most of the sidewalks to freeze over. Ah yes, the unpredictability of March weather. I can’t wait for it to be summer, when at least the temperature will not fluctuate some 50 degrees in one day!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

What I’m Reading (Articles)

  • Religious Diplomacy in a Multifaith World

    When we use primarily confrontational approaches, no matter how loving the intent, many times people in other religions don’t see us as exercising compassionate caring about their eternal destiny. Instead, they think we are more concerned about them as evangelistic objects than having genuine concern about them as human beings, whether or not they convert. In addition, they often feel as if we are attacking them and their cherished beliefs and practices.

  • Why We Argue Like Jerks

    Diving headfirst into an endless vortex of insults and insinuations is incredibly tempting in the heat of the moment. I have felt the tug and I have regrettably given in many times to coarse tweets and ad hominems. Maybe considering the why behind our inability to argue well will help us move forward.

  • All the “One Another” Commands in the NT

    “One another” is two words in English, but it’s only one word in Greek: ??????? (ah-LAY-loan). It’s used in 100 times in 94 New Testament verses. 47 of those verses give instructions to the church, and 60% of those instructions come from Paul.

  • 3 Reasons Why a Christian Worldview Matters

    If we are to be biblical Christians, we must read the Bible in order to read the culture. As a “sent” people, it’s important to evaluate the -isms of this world in light of God’s unchanging revelation. In other words, we read the Bible first so we know how to read world news second.

Brandon Schmidt

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

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