Podcast of the Week: The newest episode of Rough Translation: Liberté, Égalité and French Fries. The story of residents of an immigrant neighborhood in Marseille, France who considered their local McDonalds to be a home of sorts, as well as a gateway into French society. So when the owner tries to sell it, they mount a mini-revolution and take extreme measures to try and save it.
Kindle Deal: From Weakness to Strength: 8 Vulnerabilities That Can Bring Out the Best in Your Leadership by Scott Sauls. $0.99.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Michael Kelley – God Doesn’t Say, “I Love You, But…” Why we sometimes think any prohibition from the Lord is an exception to love rather than an outflow of it.
2. Sophia Lee – The Discipline of Listening. I really need to get better at this. I’m so project-focused I want to fix everything, and I move too quickly to action – not listening.
3. Harold Senkbeil – Acedia: What It Is and Why You Should Know about It. An area of temptation especially common among clergy. It is nearly unknown, though its sad results litter the wreckage of many a ministry.
4. Paul Yowell – Inside Britain’s Constitutional Crisis. The U.K. is now in an extraordinary place. A Parliament that seems to have no confidence in the government is nonetheless deliberately keeping that government in office, by refusing to withdraw confidence or otherwise enable an early election.
5. Sinclair Ferguson – The Five Exchanges of Romans. Paul lays out the gospel in Romans and what we find is the story of a series of exchanges.
6. Drew Moser – Another Look at the “Least Religious Generation.” American twentysomethings have their frustrations with the church, but they are far more faith-friendly than commonly supposed.
7. Pew Research – More Division on Political Priorities. Republicans and Democrats have been moving further apart not just in their political values and approaches to addressing the issues facing the country, but also on the issues they identify as top priorities for the president and Congress to address.