Podcast Pick: Most of the National Review editors podcast, as well as the Dispatch’s “Advisory Opinions” dealt with the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions this week. Some interesting debate on textualism and originalism as judicial philosophies.
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Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Derwin Gray – Happy Are Those Who Mourn. “Hope has a name and it’s Jesus. Through His cross and resurrection, our bodies, along with all of creation, will be made whole. But until that time, God lovingly enters our suffering and is broken on a cross to heal our brokenness.”
2. Tony Evans – America’s racial crisis is a result of the failure of the church to deal with racism. “The church must speak with one voice, because God doesn’t ride the backs of donkeys or elephants. We have one God, one Lord Jesus Christ and one inerrant Word to speak from. And yes, we should protest evil in a righteous way.”
3. Josh King – 3 Isolation Traps Pastors Should Avoid. “I was struck by how often we pastors put ourselves in dangerous isolation, not from a desire to be healthy, but from an arrogance that believes we already are. Here are a few self-isolations I’ve noticed among pastors.”
4. W. David O. Taylor – Psalms of Justice. What might we discover if we looked to the Psalms for our understanding of justice? And how might such a vision for justice inform our practices of prayer and worship as a community? Also on the Psalms, see Marshall Segal’s Nature is Anything But Natural: Enjoying Creation Through the Psalms. Nothing we encounter is purposeless, or gloryless, or truly “natural.” We may notice the purpose and glory more in the grander aspects of creation, like oceans, lions, or mountains, but as Scripture teaches, even birds and lilies teach us about God.
5. Kelefa Sanneh – The Fight to Redefine Racism. I linked a few months ago to this New Yorker article about recent redefinitions of race. Worth reading again.
6. Douglas Murray – Why J.K. Rowling had to be denounced. It is a very interesting thing this modern use of the word ‘controversial’, often and indeed usually put in front of a person who holds views which are in absolutely no way controversial. Also on this topic, see Carl Trueman’s J.K Rowling, Latest Casualty in the War on Transgender Ideology. Trueman points out how no one is really arguing with J.K. Rowling––they’re just shouting louder the statements that are, at root, the key points in dispute.
7. Sarah Frazer – Hope That Doesn’t Disappoint. Day after day we can have hope because it resides in our hearts. Hope is not something we search for; it is something we already own if we are in Christ. This hope will not put us to shame.