Podcast Picks of the Week: 

  • Some colleagues at LifeWay recommended 1865 – a dramatized podcast (with bonus episodes of commentary) telling the story of the immediate aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination to the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Riveting audio drama.
  • Another recommendation: the podcast Continued from two of the pastors at the church we attend, each episode going deeper into the week’s sermon or Scripture readings.

Kindle Deal: Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien. $3.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Tim Keller – 5 Features that Made the Early Church Unique. Why, if Christians were seen as offensive and were excluded from circles of influence and business and often put to death, did anyone become a Christian?

2. Leah Hickman – Buildings With Baggage. Groups are turning old abortion centers into pro-life spaces, but the facilities’ horrific histories are difficult for many to overcome.

3. This week marked the loss of one of conservatism’s great thinkers—Sir Roger Scruton—after a six-month battle with cancer. Douglas Murray in The Spectator says he was a man who “seemed bigger than the age.” Scruton delivered his last speech in September of last year. Here are a few of his books I recommend: Gentle Regrets, Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, The Uses of Pessimismand Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands

4. David French – It Is Not Good That The Man Should Be Alone. America is full of tens of millions of affluent believers—and certainly not just Christians. Perhaps it’s time to shift the paradigm on personal responsibility.

5. Renowned biographer Robert Caro revisits The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Rise and Fall of New York forty years after its publication and remembers the moment his conclusion to the book became clear to him.

6. Jairo Namnún – What do we do when we don’t want to read the Bible? Five suggestions that can help us in our search to desire the Bible more.

7. In September 2016, I visited the home and grave of one of my literary heroes—G. K. Chesterton. Today, the home he lived in from 1909-22 is slated for demolition. I hope this doesn’t happen.