The Weekly Nerd – Monday Edition – April 30th

Welcome to the Monday Edition of The Weekly Nerd! I hope you’ve already had your coffee, otherwise go get that now!

My Monday Favorite:

The Benefits of Reading Out Loud to Your Kids
“Are you looking for a way to help increase your child’s vocabulary? To instill moral values and lessons? To improve your conversations with them? Then look no further than the wonders of reading aloud to your children.”

Exile (Video)
“Exile is one of the core, yet often overlooked, themes underlying the entire Biblical storyline. In this video, we’ll see how Israel’s exile to Babylon is a picture of all humanity’s exile from Eden. As you might guess, Jesus is the one to open the way back home.” This is a very edifying video that is very well done by The Bible Project.

Why You Can’t Support Abortion and Obey Jesus
“Many people throughout the world claim to support the right of women to choose, but they at the same time claim to be children of God. However, Jesus said, unless you’re a peacemaker, you cannot be called a son of God. In other words, you prove that you are not a true Christian.” You can’t support feticide, killing unborn babies, and claim to be a Christian. You just cannot have it both ways.

The Significance of the Korean Peace Summit
In this article, Moses Y. Lee makes the comparison of North and South Korea to the Union and Confederacy, and if the Civil War ended in a stalemate, separating the country. This eye-opening read really brings the tense situation currently unfolding on the Korean peninsula into a new, more understandable light.

Love Disturbs the Peace
“Whoa, contentious? Isn’t that bad? Well, at certain times and in certain ways, yes, contentiousness is very bad. But at certain times and in certain ways, it is very good. It depends on what kind of contentiousness we’re talking about. And the Bible speaks to the good and the bad.”

God Knows Better Than You
“Then it happened, her worst nightmare. The woman without children was now also without a husband. He died and left her with another unwanted name: widow. Everything she had hoped for herself had been ripped away without any expectation for restoration.” This is a great article on one of my favorite books from the Old Testament. Read the article and find out which one that is…

On Mission at McDonald’s
“When I reflect on some of my favorite locations for disciple-making in the past decade, I think of McDonald’s. As an associate pastor in a rural town in the South, I led a class of young married couples. We had evening fellowships at McDonald’s because it gave the kids a place to play, it kept the food affordable for all of us, and it was in a central location that made it easy to have some good conversations about life and faith.” And, Joe Thorn, if you read this, this one is for you!