Worth Reading - 1/5

1. From last year at The Atlantic, an article that claims there is more to life than the pursuit of happiness:

According to Gallup , the happiness levels of Americans are at a four-year high — as is, it seems, the number of best-selling books with the word “happiness” in their titles. At this writing, Gallup also reports that nearly 60 percent all Americans today feel happy, without a lot of stress or worry. On the other hand, according to the Center for Disease Control, about 4 out of 10 Americans have not discovered a satisfying life purpose. Forty percent either do not think their lives have a clear sense of purpose or are neutral about whether their lives have purpose. Nearly a quarter of Americans feel neutral or do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives meaningful. Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy, according to recent research. “It is the very pursuit of happiness,” Frankl knew, “that thwarts happiness.”

2. Books at a Glance posted my review of a book on Pastor-Theologian Andrew Fuller. This book is worth your time to read:

This volume makes a significant contribution to evangelicalism for several reasons. First, the subject is timely: examining the life of a theologically-minded pastor is especially important when movements like the Emerging Church and post-modernism continue to erode the concept of truth and the place for truth in the local church. Brewster sets the stage for this discussion well in his introduction, invoking David Wells’ series on the state of evangelicalism and truth.

3. With the Pope getting ready to make a pronouncement about climate change, there is some debate over where evangelicals stand:

For the sake of the Christian church in America, I deeply wish that evangelicals were more vocal about protecting the world that belongs to our Savior. And I wish that we were much quicker to demand justice for those who suffer from the effects of manmade climate change. But when you run to non-credentialed fringe elements as spokesmen for Christianity, and ignore clearly recognized religious associations and authorities, you participate – unwittingly, I’m sure – in a gross distortion of the witness of the church of Jesus Christ in our country.

If you take the time to look, you’ll find that evangelicals everywhere know who this world belongs to, and who has been appointed for its stewardship. “The earth is the Lord’s,” the Psalms tell us. And mankind was placed in the Creation to “tend and keep it” on behalf of its Creator, whom we love.

Please take the time to look. Climate deniers speak for themselves and their sponsors, not for the rest of us.

4. Desiring God published the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards a few years ago. They are worth a read:

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

5. At the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, Hugh Welchel wrote a post on goal setting that complements my post from last week:

Goals are about getting things done, but they’re also about more than that.