There is more information available in the world than ever before. And it's easy to get overwhelmed. Just think:
- There 455,000 tweets posted per minute
- Netflix users streamed 69,444 hours of video
- Google conducts 3.6 million searches
- And 90% of the data on the internet has been created since 2016!
It's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why, in 2018, we're going to point you to a few things that are worth your consideration in a series called Stuff We Like.
Kai and I will switch off each week, sharing with you the books, music, video, and audio we are enjoying, in hopes of encouraging you to enjoy with us and hopefully spark conversation about following Jesus in an age of infinite content.
It won't all be about Jesus. But we'll do our best to make the connections. :)
Video I Like
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday was Monday. To celebrate, I sat down with Kathy and our kids to watch the "I Have a Dream" speech. It isn't long—it only runs to about 15 minutes. But it is some of the most powerful oratory in American history, is peppered with Scripture and founded upon biblical truth. It is worth watching and offering gratitude to God for MLK.
Books I Like
The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross - by Carl Laferton, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri
I LOVE this book!!! It is an incredible biblical theology that is simple enough for a preschooler to understand and truth-filled enough to bring the grown-up believer to tears. I regularly explain the gravity of disobedience to Emma by saying, "Because of our sin…" to which she then responds, "…we can't come in!" If you are a parent and want your kids to understand what the gospel at their level, GET THIS BOOK!
Jesus, Continued - J.D. Greear (available at the book table!)
This is the best, practical book on the Holy Spirit I have read. It is biblical, balanced, helpful, and clear. You can't do better for a practical guide to the work of God's Spirit!
Surprised by Joy - C.S. Lewis
This is his spiritual autobiography and the first book I read this year. Kathy and I want to grow in joy and gratitude in 2018, and I thought Lewis's reflections on the ways that "joy" led him to faith in Christ would be a help to me in that. As a dad, I was humbled by his gracious-but-critical approach to his father. It is full of insight, deep reflections, wit, and beauty.
Music I Like
This could take forever. But I will discipline myself and only mention two albums.
The Sing Team: Sing On!
This band has no pretension and makes no attempts to be cool. They are about singing God's praises, they do it beautifully, and they exude joy in the process. We sing their song "Oh Great Is Our God" in worship. This new album has some great music to praise Jesus with, whether redone hymns or brand new songs. I love it and so do my kids!
Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes, Performed by Anton Bagatov Live in Moscow
The music is beautiful, thought-provoking, at times haunting (Etude No. 5 is especially so!). I can't get enough of this record right now. And you can watch the whole performance on YouTube!
Podcasts I Like
Growing up in California, I have developed a fear of the golden poppy. I'm not generally afraid of flowers. But I was always told you could go to jail if you picked our state flower out of the ground.
Is it true??? QUED's Bay Curious Podcast answered the question, Can You Go to Jail for Picking a California Poppy?
That concludes the first edition of Stuff We Like! If you have suggestions, feedback or want to share stuff you like too, please comment below! We would love to hear from you!