An August respite…and some good reads

I’m taking a break during the month of August. Here are a few other good things to read and hear.

Mark Hackett

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Hey everyone,

I’m taking a brief break from writing and podcasting during the month of August. Between school starting back up for our kids and my day job going haywire, I need a few weeks to recalibrate some things elsewhere in my life and make some preparations for an excellent Fall for markhackett.com.

But I don’t want to leave you hanging! Here are five thoughtful things I’ve read or listened to recently that I think you’ll find interesting, encouraging, and maybe even challenging.

Of Course Church Will Hurt Us: When Abuse Isn’t Personal

Professor Myles Werntz of Abilene Christian University wrote this helpful piece back in January as part of a series on church abuse. The title is a little cold-blooded for my taste, but the content is full of good points about intentions, how we live them out, and how harm sometimes comes from a community, not so much an individual. Super interesting.

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

If I got a nickel for every time I’ve heard “Well, the Bible says…” in my life I’d likely have a lot of them. But I’ve neither gotten nickels nor much comfort in the saying. Whatever is attached to the next part of that statement is usually cringy and even authoritarian. Biblical scholar and theologian Pete Enns wrote a fantastic book about why this approach to Scripture leaves a lot to be desired and shows a better path forward for engaging with the Bible. Grab your copy here.

Men are lost. Here’s a map out of the wilderness.

There’s plenty to criticize about American models of masculinity, past and present. What I’ve often found frustrating is that very few good people — men and women — can articulate what they expect of men today. The far-right promotes a tyrannical, misogynistic approach to masculinity, but there is a huge reluctance in the mainstream and more progressive bubbles to define or speak up for men…

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Mark Hackett

Writings about faith and culture from Memphis, TN. “That relentless, tall guy.”