Podcast Pick of the Week: I’m almost through with the season of Unfinished about Short Creek, a town run by fundamentalist Mormons for decades and the stories of their citizens and leaders. Terrific storytelling.
Kindle Deal: Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between What Leaders Preach and Live by Jeff and Terra Mattson. $4.99.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Several articles worth your attention on the events of this week:
- Emily Belz of World magazine describes the day – An unprecedented breach on the Capitol.
- Harvest Prude offers a firsthand report – Reporter’s notebook: Surviving the Capitol lockdown.
- Russell Moore reflects on this current moment – The Gospel in a Democracy Under Assault.
- Joy Allmond gathers several prayers from pastors about how to address and pray for our country in this critical moment. 5 Ways to Pray in the Midst of a National Crisis.
2. Keith A. Mathison – The State of Theology. Keith Mathison looks at each of the 31 questions on the Ligonier and LifeWay Research theology survey in an attempt to help readers understand the orthodox Christian view on these issues as well as the biblical grounds for each.
3. Yuval Levin – Failures of Leadership in a Populist Age. To knowingly pretend a lie is true is, simply put, to lie. Doing that carefully enough to let you claim you’re only raising questions only makes it even clearer that you know you’re lying.
4. Adam MacInnis – COVID-19 Hurts. But the Bible Brings Hope. On a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the most hopeful, Americans who report reading the Bible three or four times per year scored 42; people who read monthly scored 59; weekly, 66; and multiple times per week, 75. See also Matt Smethurst – Want to Read Your Bible Well in 2021? Don’t Do It Alone. “Christianity is not a solo sport, thankfully. It is a community project, a team effort.”
5. Indy Crowe – 10 Recommended Books to Understand and Respond Faithfully to Expressive Individualism. This is a good list of books on expressive individualism (from the academic to the popular level) that pastors and church leaders would do well to peruse as we consider the best ways to minister in a “Be true to yourself” world.
6. George Yancey – Who is Antiracism for? Professor Yancey looks back at some older research he did that supports the idea that “antiracism” serves certain sociological, and maybe even psychological, needs of the elite educational class.
7. Marco Minervini, Darren Murph, and Phanish Puranam – Remote Work Doesn’t Have to Mean All-Day Video Calls. Simply attempting to replicate online (through video or voice chat) what happened naturally in co-located settings is unlikely to be a winning or complete strategy.
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