Worth Reading - 12/17

1. Blogger Aaron Earls shares ten lessons he's learned from blogging for a decade:

Having blogged for 10 years at the same site doesn’t make me an expert, but it does give me significant experience. Over that decade of blogging here, along with several other personal and professional sites, I have learned some valuable lessons that may help others in the world of online writing.

2. Tim Challies lists his top books of 2014. Not surprisingly, Andy Davis' book, An Infinite Journey is on the list: 

This book was released at the very end of 2013, but because it was not in wide distribution until early this year, I have chosen to include it as a 2014 title. And it is a very good one! It is a book about growing toward spiritual maturity, but it is more than that; it is also a map for the journey. This makes it something like a systematic theology of spiritual growth and maturity, and one that will benefit any Christian.

3. Here is my review from earlier this year of An Infinite Journey that was published in Themelios, the academic journal of The Gospel Coalition:

An Infinite Journey cuts through much of the ongoing chatter in the law/gospel debate. Davis is a Calvinistic Baptist pastor who, like the Puritans, recognizes the majesty of God’s power both to save and sanctify while still commending the reader to mortify sin through spiritual disciplines. Though there are instructions provided in this book, the process that Davis recommends to foster sanctification is not legalistic and, while elegantly simple, it is not formulaic or trite. Davis avoids the one extreme of merely calling for more grace with little concern for personal holiness. Yet he also deftly evades the other extreme of many books on spiritual disciplines which focus on checklists outlining the basic how-to of Christian living. Instead, An Infinite Journey reflects the mind of an engineer as Davis develops a model that functionally describes how sanctification progresses in the life of a Christian. That is, Davis tells the reader how things work according to the Bible, not prescribing a surefire method for holiness.

4. A parody of a popular Christmas song, "Vader did you know?":