Podcast Pick of the Week: Giles Fraser talks to writer and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton about the importance of faith and family, finding Conservatism, humanity in architecture, and being a class traitor.

Kindle Deal: Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture by Lesslie Newbigin. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Alisa Childers – How a Fifth-Century Church Father Saved My Faith. “Reading Confessions for the first time wasn’t a mundane seminary assignment or a stale intellectual exercise for me. I discovered this book after walking through a profoundly dark period of doubt in which everything I believed about God, Jesus, and the Bible was deconstructed by a class I attended at a local church.”

2. Olga Khazan in The Atlantic – America’s Favorite PoisonWhatever happened to the anti-alcohol movement? 

3. Kate McKean – No, You Probably Don’t Have a Book In You. If you want to write a book, do it. It’s wonderful and horrible and fulfilling and soul-crushing all at the same time. But do it because you want to, not because someone suggested it one time.

4. Ian Lovett in the Wall Street Journal – “It’s Like I Got Kicked Out of My Family.” Churches struggle with mental health among their leaders.

5. Barnabas Piper – 5 Reasons Pastors’ Kids Struggle with Doubt. “After moving away from home I began to connect with PKs from all over the country and I discovered that our experiences, regardless of denomination or church size or region, were strikingly similar—including a remarkably common and profoundly deep struggle with doubt.”

6. Jamie Ivey – Six Tips for Reading Your Bible Amidst Your Busy LifeSome good, practical counsel here, including simple acts that make you more likely to read your Bible more regularly.

7. Paul Brian – The Last Days of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu. Their rise and fall in communist Romania shows how corruptible, misguided, and brutal the socialist dream became.