Podcast Pick of the Week: This episode of Dolly Parton’s America on the story behind the song “I Will Always Love You” was fascinating.

Kindle Deal: A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table by Tim Chester. $3.19. 

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Andrew Wilson – Why We Read ScriptureNot to earn, but to learn, discern, turn, burn, and yearn. 

2. John Lee – The State of the Immigrant ChurchInsightful article on the challenges that first and second-generation immigrant churches face. Corina and I have seen different congregations with these challenges, as we’ve been involved in Romanian churches in the United States and in Spanish-speaking congregations.

3. N. T. Wright – Loving to KnowAn article in First Things that sums up Wright’s “epistemology of love,” which was the subject of the Gifford Lectures.

4. Ameen Hudson – Don’t Assume Black Preaching Isn’t ExpositionalStrong review of a new book by Eric Redmond that pushes back on the type of subtle (at times not so subtle) derision and assumptions the African American preaching tradition has endured for years.

5. Mindy Belz – Free At Last. Sudan’s era of Islamic dictatorship has ended, and the hard work toward achieving democracy has just begun.

6. Micaéla Birmingham – My Phoneless 11-Year-Old was Lost in Manhattan, and Survived. “Even though nearly every kid in sixth grade has a smartphone, my husband and I have chosen to delay getting them for our daughters, who are 10 and 11. One night last month, this choice was put to the test.”

7. There’s been conversation in the SBC regarding Critical Race Theory. The 2019 resolutions committee answered questions and clarified the intent behind a resolution that passed last year on this topic. Also of note, Dr. Carl Ellis has offered seven points of clarification on CRT: “By common grace, these ideologies may give us slight insights on issues we face today, but the ultimate remedies they propose reflect a profound ignorance about sinful human nature at best.” If you’ve never read Ellis’ book Free At Last: The Gospel in the African-American ExperienceI highly recommend it. Ellis’ work will bless and challenge you.