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The OC Common Read

The OC Common Read is an effort to thoughtfully consider good writing together as a community. Each week we will feature an interesting article from the areas of theology, higher education, or cultural critique. We'll offer some discussion/reflection questions to ponder, and in the future we hope to host a physical roundtable discussion for the Common Read. Until then, simply read with us and respond if you'd like through emails or social media.

Week of 4/4/16

Families of Choice are Remaking America

from Nautilus Magazine

Week of 3/28/16

A Gentle Political Recalibration for Christians

from The Gospel Coalition

Week of 3/21/16

The Return of Shame

from Christianity Today

Week of 3/7/16

The Pursuit of Holiness: An Interview with Jerry Bridges

from Tabletalk Magazine

Week of 2/29/16


from Art House America

Week of 2/22/16

Lean In On Sunday Morning

from Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines

Week of 2/15/16

Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible

from Why Trust the Bible? by Greg Gilbert

Week of 2/8/16

The "new legalism"

from World Magazine

Reflection Questions:

  • Do you agree with Bradley's argument that millennials "have a disdain for the suburbs"?
  • Are the new categories of "missional" and "radical" (as he defines them) simply trendy buzzwords? How do you think our children and grandchildren will be encouraged to think of their spiritual efforts in the world?
  • Week of 1/31/16

    Facebook's Fifty-Six Genders: Group Identity and Positioning in a Millenial America

    from Oread Center Funnel

    Reflection Questions:

  • How might Scripture redirect the conversation of privilege? (Hint: Paul writes that diversity, privilege, skills, and natural talents are God-given and meant to be used in the service of something greater in 1 Cor. 12)
  • Which areas of your life are over-influenced by your peers?
  • What kinds of responses to these moral shifts in culture should Christians have?
  • Week of 1/24/16

    Millennials Think Authority Figures Are Untrustworthy Idiots, and Modern Culture is to Blame

    from The Federalist

    Reflection Questions:

  • What "Young Adult" literature was formative in your life, and what messages about adults did it encourage?
  • If you agree with the modern sentiment that reading as a shared experience is in decline, what other common/shared experiences are formative for young adults? How do those experiences portray the world of adults?
  • Mussmann says that "our stories no longer bind multiple generations together. Instead they divide them." Beyond literature, what other lifestyle decisions, activities, and organizations have developed their own "youth-only" culture? What are the benefits and dangers of these trends?
  • For our parents and grandparents, the dividing line between adolescence and adulthood was college (or beginning a trade after high school). Do you think that this line has moved?
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