Daily Links (December 12)

Restoring in-person relationships

I don’t intend to bind anyone’s conscience. The Lord has given each of us a unique stewardship. But recent weeks have led me to take a serious inventory of my social media use. The conclusion: I’ve all but kissed Facebook goodbye. I still have an account, partly for professional reasons, but I’m striving to minimize my usage. I’ve come to believe that posting articles and partaking in debates on this medium is far less profitable than I once thought. I’m seeking a return to more intimate ways to build relationships with friends and family.

How seeing Jesus in Scripture affects our spiritual formation

Simply put, if we’re not reading the Bible to see what it reveals about Jesus, we are reading it the wrong way. Seeing Jesus in Scripture is reading the Bible the way Jesus intended. And if want to become like Jesus we must learn to find him throughout Scripture.

How to minister amid transgenderism

There’s not a lot out there on this topic yet.

The deep-reading brain and the good life

Interesting rationale for the biblical principles to love your neighbor and discern what’s true:

There are no doubt as many conceptualizations of the good life as there are lives that aspire to it, but surely one of the most important pathways to its achievement begins with the desire to seek what is good — for the self, for those we love, for “our neighbor,” for our earth. Such a pathway involves the developing capacity to discern what is good—and just and true—at any moment, under all the circumstances of our lives.