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Next week, a new president will be inaugurated. Over at Facts & Trends, I wrote an article on Why Pastors Should Lead the Way in Praying for the New President. I hope you’ll take a look, and follow the Lord’s command pray for those in authority, whether you supported them or not.

Podcast: Jared Wilson recently invited me on to the podcast for For the Church. We talked about expressive individualism, rethinking your self, and the gospel.

Kindle Deal: Sam Chan’s Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable is one of the textbooks I assign for a course I teach at Wheaton. It’s just $4.99 on Kindle for a limited time.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Kyle Smith – The Four Childhoods of Modern Man. Powerful, poignant reflection on life, growth, joy, and sadness.

2. Dan Barry – What We Found in Robert Caro’s Yellowed Files. A peek into the office and archives of Robert Caro, the LBJ historian. Caro is a national treasure.

3. Aaron Earls – Pastors Less Likely to Preach on Race Now. Pastors seem more reluctant to address issues of race in their congregations today than four years ago. New from LifeWay Research.

4. Tony Dungy and Benjamin Watson – Tony Dungy and Benjamin Watson: A Call to the American Church. “As difficult as 2020 has been, God does not guarantee 2021 will be better. This new year will be worse for some of us. But, as Christians, we have to be better.”

5. Brian Rosner – Three Bookmarks and a Bible. New Testament theologian and CSB committee member Brian Rosner offers a different method and a new way of thinking about daily Bible reading.

6. Walter Isaacson – mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry. Walter Isaacson reports on how mRNA technology gave us the first COVID-19 vaccines. The technology could also upend the drug industry. And Kevin Stankiewicz – Dr. Scott Gottlieb expects Covid vaccine eligibility to be expanded sooner than expected. I hope Gottlieb is right about vaccine distribution.

7. Kelsey Dallas – The bill that could change religious freedom as you know it. This “Do No Harm” act would do a lot of harm to religious liberty and conscience protections in the U.S.

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