Thank God It's Friday: Weekend Roundup for March 15, 2019


AARON LEE     |     MARCH 15, 2019     |    2 MIN READ

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News of academic cheating was the top headline this week. My featured resource for you is The Briefing by Albert Mohler - “Academic cheating in the news, but this time it’s by the parents, not the students: How human sinfulness inevitably shows itself in all institutions.”

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1. Abigail Dodds: The Apologetic of Being Mom: Why Mothers Must Be Theologians

Author Abigail Dodds challenges mothers to cultivate the knowledge of God in their children.

2. Tom Talks: 5 Signs Your Church Has an Unhealthy Preaching Culture

Pastor and SOLA Editorial Board member Thomas Hwang calls pastors and churches to establish a healthy preaching culture.

3. Trillia Newbell: Your Children Can’t Bear the Burden of Being Your Identity

Trillia Newbell is an author and the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. In this article, she writes on making idols out of our children and the need to put our identity where it belongs: in Christ.

4. Steve Bang Lee: When I Don’t Experience the Gospel

SOLA executive team member, SOLA Conference Director, pastor, and article contributor Steve Bang Lee believes we can better engage the gospel for experience.

5. Chavie Lieber: Will Bibles designed for the Instagram generation get millennials into religion?

Writing for Vox, Chavie Lieber examines the Christian startup Alabaster and founders Brian Chung and Bryan Chung.


1. ERLC: Better Together with Lily Park

In this podcast from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Dr. Lily Park, assistant professor of biblical counseling for Southern Seminary, shares about training women in the seminary context and beyond.

2. The Gospel Coalition: Musical Conversations with Jesus: A Free TGC19 Playlist

Brett McCracken, author and SOLA Editorial Board advisor, published this curation of 114 songs for The Gospel Coalition. Listen on Spotify or Apple Music.

3. Logos: Sitting with Scribes: An Inside Look at Copying Manuscripts

"In this clip from Fragments of Truth, a feature-length documentary from Faithlife Films, three scholars take you inside the world of scribes—from what it’s like to write on papyrus to scribal errors and corrections."


1. Scott Oh: The Beauty of Monotony: Forming Christian Habits

“The process of mastering a skill takes a long time and it oftentimes isn’t very exciting. But the necessity of monotonous devotion is precisely its unique beauty. Sadly, we confuse consistency with boredom, devotion without continuous exuberance and motivation with boredom. And it shows in our Christian lives.”

2. David Chong: A Warning to the Instigator

“Church is a great place for dating relationships to develop but if there is a toxic culture where people are always put on the spot and talked about, church then becomes a no-fly zone to pursue meaningful relationships.”

3. Eddie Byun: One Reason (Out of Many) the Church Must Pursue Justice

“What are the real issues we are up against when it comes to human trafficking and modern-day slavery? It is a heart issue. It is a moral issue. It is a spiritual issue at its core.”

4. Joshua Lim: Why I’m Excited for SOLA Conference 2019

In this article from the SOLA archives, Joshua Lim tells three truths about the Church.

5. Thank God It’s Friday: Weekend Roundup

In case you missed it, here is our roundup from last week. It’s a Blessing to Bear Your Friend’s Burden, How Putting God First Will Impact Everything In Your Life, One-on-One with Russell Jeung on Emerging Adults in the Church, Waiting Is Worth the Reward: Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self, and Real Thick Meaning and Preaching Christ from the Old Testament.

Aaron Lee serves as the Social Media Officer of First Chinese Baptist Church of Walnut. He is a Sunday School teacher and music leader. He works as a Registered Nurse Clinical Analyst. He and his wife, Jess, live in Alhambra, a city in California’s San Gabriel Valley, home to the largest concentration of Asian American communities in the United States. His music, podcasts, and articles about worship and art are on his website.