Podcast pick for the week: The current season of Business Wars covers the rivalry between Facebook and Snapchat. Great storytelling about two battling businesses.
Kindle Deal: One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian by David Helm. $0.99.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Philip Jenkins – Fertility, Faith, and a Secular America? By 2050, people of African origin could constitute a third of the world’s Christians, perhaps more. By that year also, for the first time in history, a single continent—namely Africa—will have a Christian population exceeding 1 billion.
2. Mindy Belz – No Ceasing. Christian aid groups and monitors in Syria report devastating fighting and war crimes following the U.S.-orchestrated cease-fire.
3. Beckie Supiano – ‘Students Learn Best in Their Preferred Learning Style,’ and Other Neuromyths. There is no evidence, the report says, to support the idea that people learn best when taught in their preferred learning style. In fact, it says, research suggests that “teaching to learning styles may actually hinder learning or affect a student’s self-perception.
4. Mark DeYmaz and Harry Li – Here Come the Skinny Cows. Four reasons tithes and offerings are about to drop dramatically.
5. Ivan Mesa and Andrew Peterson – On Why Artists Are Not Better Than Everyone Else. Interview with Peterson about how we’re all creative, the most helpful writing advice he’s received, what he wishes every Christian knew about artists, how the annual Behold of Lamb of God tour has affected him, and more.
6. Peter Hitchens – The Making of a Reactionary. What has always, ultimately, been my politics was absorbed like the lore of a tribe, not taught to me or even suggested to me, or much discussed — just known, very deep down, as essential and desirable. Every political organisation I have ever joined has been, by comparison, cardboard, fraudulent and unsatisfactory, like a cheap hamburger.
7. David Stavrou – A Million People Are Jailed at China’s Gulags. Sayragul Sauytbay offers firsthand testimony from a Xinjiang ‘reeducation’ camp.