One of the battles I find myself waging — and presume most writers who are Christians wage — is pushing back against the desire and pull of being online famous. I think there is a craving within us all to receive adulation from as many people as possible, and the easiest path to that is writing funny, compelling stuff on the internet.
But Piper recently had an interesting twist on this war.
But let’s end where we began. Yes, it is a sin to want to be famous. However, it may not be a sin to want to be influential. In fact, it may be a sin not to want to be influential. We should want to win more and more people to Christ. It is a sin not to want our lives to count for winning more and more people to Christ. [DG]
It’s just as easy to go the other way and become an online hermit, rejecting every opportunity for establishing yourself as a writer. Both extremes are easy. The difficult path, per the usual, is sidling up and riding that through line of popularity because you’re good at something and humility because you’re to always point to Jesus.
“These inward trials I employ,
“From self and pride to set thee free;
“And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
“That thou mayst seek thy all in me.”
Olney Hymns (via Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering)
The toddler strategy. [Godin]
The perfect man. This is so good. [Oxford American]
Instagram’s new logo is a travesty? I kinda like it. [Adweek]
Why people pay to read the New York Times. [Medium]
Amazon is trying to take on YouTube when it comes to making your own videos. [Next Web]
The problem with everyone building platforms. [Medium]
The power of buying less by buying better. [The Atlantic]
Small changes in your digital routine can make you smarter. [QZ]
Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me. [NYT]
The end of doing business as we know it. [Ben Arment]
Somebody went back to Manitowoc to see what they were up to after MaM. [NYT]
How to raise a creative child. [NYT]
Why I taught myself to procrastinate. [NYT]
Why I stopped using a dishwasher. [Becoming Minimalist]
The cost of convenience. [Becoming Minimalist]
Can we learn something from Job’s friends? [DG]
Simmons pod. [BS]
Unlock freedom by simplifying these four key areas. [Becoming Minimalist]
Jack Dorsey has been Twitter CEO for three months now. [Re/Code]
About that Tim Challies guy. [Preacher Thoughts]
Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering. [Amazon]
Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman. [Simmons]
Alabama-Clemson title game.
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure.
He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”
Christian Hedonism. (Desiring God)
On James Harden. (ESPN)
The problem with religious tolerance. (Chronicle)
Why Vine is betting on entertainment. (Re/Code)