Podcast pick for the week: Don’t miss this enlightening conversation between Mike Cosper and Alan Noble on ministry and life in a secular age. Fantastic!

Kindle Deal: John: The Gospel of Wisdom (Biblical Imagination Series) by Michael Card. $4.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Caitlyn Flanagan in The Atlantic – The Dishonesty of the Abortion DebateIt’s remarkable that The Atlantic published an article that acknowledges the power behind the pro-life position. “The argument for abortion requires many words. The argument against it doesn’t take even a single word.”

2. John Shelton – Putting on Avatars, Putting on ChristOne of the things which underlies online animosity is the somewhat novel capacity afforded by the Internet to re-create ourselves online.

3. Peter Leithart – 3 Ways to Teach Scripture to Children. “I’ve been teaching the Bible to small children—mostly my own—for more than 35 years, ever since my oldest son was a toddler. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks. Here are three.”

4. Afshin Ziafat – I Was a Misunderstood MuslimMy friend Afshin sheds light on some common misconceptions that hinder Christians from reaching out to Muslims with the saving truth of Christ.

5. Jen Pollock Michel – On Writers Promoting Their Writing. “We can’t pretend as if we’re not writing.”

6. Juliana Menasche Horowitz, Nikki Graf and Gretchen Livingston – Marriage and Cohabitation in the U.SThe share of adults who have lived with a romantic partner is now higher than the share who have ever been married; married adults are more satisfied with their relationships, more trusting of their partners.

7. Luke Stamps – Christian Theology: A Working DefinitionHow should theologians define the task of theology itself? Luke has a strong recommendation.