Podcast Pick: Many people are first introduced to G.K. Chesterton through his short, pithy quotes. Here are two episodes of the Uncommon Sense podcast that discuss some of his most memorable sayings. Part 1, Part 2.
Kindle Deal: Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times by Os Guinness. $4.99.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Harriet Connor – The Way We Shape These Days is Shaping Us. “The formlessness of these weeks is symptomatic of a broader problem of modern life: we have forgotten how to mark time. Our world no longer follows the kinds of patterns and rhythms that shaped the lives of our ancestors.”
2. Ed Stetzer – Darrin Patrick’s Death, His Love for Pastors, and How We Need One Another. Beautiful reflection here and needed word for pastors today.
3. Caleb Morell – What Did DC Churches Do When the Spanish Flu Struck Again? Interesting look at how D.C. churches responded to the second wave of the Spanish flu more than a century ago.
4. Sophia Lee – ‘When the help needs help’. Small churches didn’t have a lot of resources before the coronavirus lockdowns, and many are now struggling to survive.
5. These two articles go together. First, Damon Linker on The great uncertainty. “The list of uncertainties is excruciatingly long. Those who build the models make informed guesses about the answers and then combine those hunches into predictions. We shouldn’t be surprised when reality fails to conform to them.” Secondly, I resonated with this op-ed from Daniel Taylor – Wisdom more than expertise is needed – on the need for wisdom, not merely expertise. Praying for church leaders, governmental officials, medical experts and especially those on the front lines as we figure out a way forward.
6. Bruce Ashford – The Case for Humility in Our Coronavirus Era. This is a much-needed word.
7. BBC News – VE Day: The Queen addresses the nation. It’s extraordinary that the Queen can commemorate VE Day as someone who was there, standing with Winston Churchill.