Podcasts: I was invited on three podcasts this week.
- For the “Culture Friday” segment of The World and Everything In It, Megan Basham, Mary Reichard, and I discussed the global fertility crash and how Christians have traditionally viewed birth control.
- Champ Thornton’s “In the Word, On the Go” had me on to discuss the meaning of my life verse, Psalm 19:14.
- Charisma Connection kicked off a five-part series on the CSB by interviewing me about the translation philosophy and the translation committee’s process.
Kindle Deal: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester. $3.99.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra – The Worst Time to Plant a Church. Amazing account of God’s faithfulness in the midst of earthly loss. Here’s what happened to The Falls Church when they left the Episcopal Church USA and lost their property.
2. Andre Tartar, Hannah Recht, and Yue Qiu – The Global Fertility Crash. As birthrates fall, countries will be forced to adapt or fall behind.
3. Dan DeWitt – Why C. S. Lewis Wouldn’t Write for Christianity Today. Carl F. H. Henry, founding editor of the magazine, had in 1955 invited Lewis to contribute to the magazine’s first issue. Lewis declined.
4. Jonathan Haidt and Tobias Rose-Stockwell – The Dark Psychology of Social Networks. “Even though they have unprecedented access to all that has ever been written and digitized, members of Gen Z (those born after 1995 or so) may find themselves less familiar with the accumulated wisdom of humanity than any recent generation, and therefore more prone to embrace ideas that bring social prestige within their immediate network yet are ultimately misguided.”
5. Michael McClymond – Opiate of the Theologians. “From long hours of reading universalist authors, I have come to believe that universalist theologizing might be an intellectual expression of just that sort of shudder—more instinct than argument, more revulsion than ratiocination.”
6. Bruce Ashford – These Immigration Reforms Will Make America Good as Well as Great. “Diminishing the rule of law by speaking out of both sides of our mouths is neither good nor great. Throwing innocent young people into legal limbo is neither good nor great. Perpetuating a situation in which undocumented immigrants spend their lives in the shadows is neither good nor great.”
7. Alexandra Desanctis – An Honest Abortion Debate. The conflict over abortion is dishonest and unwinnable not because both sides make poor arguments, but because only one side is willing to admit that reality.