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Despite my microscopic attention span, I have always enjoyed reading books. I tend to gravitate toward books that communicate ideas, especially when those ideas are connected to the human experience. I enjoy reading books by old dead guys like GK Chesterton, Soren Kierkegaard, and Fyodor Dostoevsky, but I also appreciate modern spiritual writers like Fredrick Buechner, Philip Yancey, Don Miller, Anne Lamott and Rob Bell. However, during my undergrad years (I like to say “undergrad years” so that people might think I had “post-grad years”), the rigors of studying and writing papers combined with a part time job and the unavoidable need to “have a life” often left me with very little time for reading; especially reading non-fiction books for pleasure. However, regardless of course load, work load, or social liveliness, one thing is always a constant in the college experience: the iPod. So, download, subscribe and wedge those trademark white earbuds in on your way out the door for class. Here are five non-lame Podcasts for your mind, heart and soul.
Peachtree Presbyterian Podcast – Why not keep up with what’s going on back home?
The Mars Hill Bible Church Podcast – Mars Hill Bible Church of Grandville, MI (not to be confused with Mars Hill of Seattle), is home to one teaching pastor you may have heard of (Rob Bell) and another you may not have (Shane Hipps). Although Rob Bell is the author of several best selling books, Shane Hipps is an incredible teaching pastor who comes from a very unique Mennonite background. Other guest you will hear from Mars Hill include names like Peter Rollins (a personal favorite) and John Ortberg.
The Bored Again Christian – Proclaims itself as “Arguably the #1 Christian music podcast on iTunes, or whatever that means”, I’d say there is no argument. Like many of you I tend to cover my ears when I hear the words Christian and music smashed together, but “Just Pete” over at Bored Again puts together a podcast of good music and conversation that is relevant. A post on the BAC blog puts it nicely…
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night,
The swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes?
Does he hum them to while away sad afternoons
And the long, lonesome Sundays? Or sing them for spite?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night?
Listen for music from singers, songwriters and bands noted for spiritually introspective music like Sufjan Stevens; David Bazan (formerly of Pedro the Lion); The Elms; and regular 11o5 contributor, John Black as well as some bands you may think less likely to find their way onto a “Christian Podcast” like, The Arcade Fire, Sunny Day Real Estate and Monsters of Folk (a Conor Oberst side project).
The Relevant Podcast – The folks at relevant magazine have put together a fantastic podcast that features segments on new music (currently highlighting The Civil Wars), culture and society, (they recently had a great interview with Tony Campolo), as well as film and television.
Let My People Think – Ravi Zacharias holds the rare trait of being a first rate intellectual but also a great communicator. His “Let My People Think” podcast is a must listen for philosophy majors, and those who find their heads spinning from the rhetoric spewed out in Ethics class or that religious studies class you thought would be a good idea to take as an elective.
College Gathering will pick up this Sunday (Dec. 13) and we’ll meet every Sunday morning at 10am in room 4208, upstairs in the Lodge through January 10.
Our annual Christmas party is changing shape a little bit this year. Cheers (College Style) will take place on Friday, Dec. 18. We’ll meet at the Lodge at 4:30 to carpool to Marta. Then head down to Centennial Park for ice-skating, followed by dinner at the varsity. Then we’ll take Marta back to our cars and finish the night up with dessert at the Lodge (and possibly a movie at someone’s house …). The night should wrap up by 9:30 or so (without the movie). Its gonna be a great time, so invite your friends and significant others and spend an evening in the City with Peachtree U.
Finally, on Christmas Eve, Peachtree U has been commissioned as the official candle lighters for the 11:00pm worship service at Peachtree. We’ll need 6-8 students to show up to the Lodge at 10:30, get the run down, and then pass an open flame around the Sanctuary without burning it down. You can sign up to help out on facebook.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of you over the next few weeks. Good luck on finals! May God bless your time and energy!
A student recently asked this question of Proverbs 9:7-8:
“I’m doing the Proverbs challenge, but I’m confused about something in Chapter 9.
Verses 7-8 say, “If you correct someone who makes fun of wisdom, you will be insulted. If you correct an evil person, you will get hurt. Do not correct those who make fun of wisdom, or they will hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.”
Why shouldn’t we correct these people? Aren’t those the people we need to help the most?”
I thought that it could be helpful to post the response and wanted to encourage ya’ll to continue in the Proverbs Challenge that we’re doing through the month of October and to ask questions when you run into something that throws you off a bit. Hope you’re enjoying the month and hope to see ya’ll soon.
So glad that you are reading through the Proverbs with us and asking questions. Community is such a great thing when approaching the Scriptures.
The first thing that I would tell you to do when you come to a passage that you don’t really get is to read it in a few different translations (TNIV, ESV, The Message, and NRSV are the 4 that I use most frequently). In this passage, for instance, it looks like you read from NCV, which I don’t really know anything about, but I’ll list the other translations below and you can see if they help you to get a different perspective on it.
TNIV – 7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
MESSAGE – If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face;
confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins.
So don’t waste your time on a scoffer;
all you’ll get for your pains is abuse.
But if you correct those who care about life,
that’s different—they’ll love you for it!
ESV – 7Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8(A) Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
(B) reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
NRSV – Whoever corrects a scoffer wins abuse; whoever rebukes the wicked gets hurt.
A scoffer who is rebuked will only hate you; the wise, when rebuked, will love you.
In response to your actual questions [“Why shouldn’t we correct these people? Aren’t those the people we need to help the most?”] I think that the passage itself is getting into why we should not bother with correcting the “mockers and scoffers” or “those who make fun of wisdom” … it is because those people have no interest in wise living and so not only will our attempts at correcting their behavior be futile, but we will be inviting their abuse on us to see no fruit in return.
This is not a passage about decent, thoughtful, conscientious Christians who have strayed off the straight and narrow in a certain area of their lives. it is a passage about the villains of the world … about those people who have no interest in “good or bad” “right or wrong”
To the second question I would say that, while those may be the people who need the most help, we are not likely to be the force of change in their lives and God seems to know this and, in the proverb, warn us against trying to take on the responsibility for changing them. That is God’s work and in those extreme cases, the most effective ways for us to help them would be to simply love them well without forcing our own standards into their lives, and to pray for them.
I hope that some of that is helpful. Scripture can be tough to sift through a lot of the time, but the approach of reading and asking questions when you get confused is the way to do it. Glad you’re pursuing Truth and Wisdom!
For the month of October, we will be reading the book of Proverbs together, one chapter every day. The book of
Proverbs is found in the Old Testament and contains practical wisdom for leading a Godly life. We’re really excited to have students all over the country reading Scripture together and engaging in discussion
Check the facebook group every day for the day’s Proverb and discussion!