Worth Reading - 1/8

I like to think I know a little about business writing, yet I still fall into a few word traps—not to mention a few cliché traps.
Take the words “who” and “whom.” I rarely use “whom” when I should; even when grammar check suggests “whom,” I think it sounds pretentious, so I use “who.”

Then I sound dumb.

Just as one misspelled word can get your resume tossed onto the “nope” pile, one incorrectly used word can undermine your overall message. Whether that’s fair or unfair, it happens-so let’s make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

2. Standing on principles sometimes means we defend people we don't agree with. Such is the case with the recent Charles Hebdo attack:

Our principles will be tested in the defense of unsympathetic victims. The old complacency and condescension (“Oh, her skirt was too short.” “Oh, he could hardly help it.”) will not be enough.
We learned how to do form and redaction analysis, a method of study that assumes the author of a biblical text is motivated by a theological agenda rather than by reporting what he had seen. We simply “knew” that the book we were holding in our hands did not have a direct connection to the apostles whose names were associated with the Gospels and Epistles.

For me, this dose of higher criticism was nearly lethal. Any sense that the Bible was divinely inspired and trustworthy, or that the creeds had metaphysical gravitas, started to seem implausible. The best I could muster was that, somehow mystically, perhaps Jesus was the Christ, existentially speaking. I was approaching something close to New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman’s own story of losing faith.

4. Aaron Earls (@WardrobeDoor) shares a nice meditation on the purpose of difficulties in our Christian lives:

There is no shine with sandpaper. There is no palace without power tools.

Anything of value takes hard work and we as human beings are no exception. In fact, we are the prime example. We take work and God will not be content until He has finished with us.

Philippians 1:6 is both a comforting and terrifying promise, “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

5. The Art of Manliness shares some study tips for Collegians (male and female) as the semester gets ready to begin again:

When 160,000 undergraduates in the University of California system were asked to name the obstacles that impeded their academic success, the students listed things like work, stress, and depression. But the number one reason, which was given by 33% of the students, was that they simply didn’t know how to study.