#FaithandCulture Reading: Productivity Tips, Marilynne Robinson, Fiction’s Power, Event Planning

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In today’s #FaithandCulture Reading, we cull a brief list of some of our favorite articles of the week. Today we highlight resources from K.B. Hoyle, Moriah Speciale, Matt Perman and Lauren Pratt.

Don’t Disparage Fiction

K.B. Hoyle reflects on the importance of fiction in this article at Christ and Pop Culture. She writes,

But although fiction is by definition not true, good fiction should show us true things. It is perhaps ironic that the best fictional stories are those that succeed the most at showing us the truth.

Marilynne Robinson and the Mystery of Grace

Moriah Speciale writes about Marilynne Robinson’s depiction of grace and sin in her Pulitzer-prize-winning novel, Gilead. Here’s an excerpt of her article at First Things:

Worship is the goal of Robinson’s fiction, but the strange mystery of grace is its beating heart. “The grace of God,” Robinson writes, “works as it will, even gradually, patiently, quietly.” The fine points of these great mysteries of faith are sometimes best left unspoken as an implicit acknowledgment of their reverence—an admission that some things are too holy to risk adulterating with our fractured language.

Five Productivity Tips for Busy Leaders

Over at The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, Matt Perman offers simple tips to increase your productivity. Here’s one of them:

A leader needs to take time to step back, get up on the balcony, and reflect. All good leaders do this. They process what has happened, think of new and better ways to do things, make sure they keep their eye on the big picture, and just plain think.
Leadership requires reflection. The best leaders tend to be the best thinkers.

Elizabeth Graham: ‘The Lord Has Equipped Me to Serve the Local Church Through Event Planning’

Lauren Pratt talks with Southeastern Seminary alumnus Elizabeth Graham about her work with The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

It’s unique when people get to do what they love, but even more than that for the Lord to gift you in that area and for you to be able to steward that gift well

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