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Podcast Pick of the Week: As in Heaven: This three-part overview of black history and the Civil Rights movement (two with Ligon Duncan and the third with Collin Hansen) is well worth your time.

Kindle Deal: In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World by Jake Meador. $5.99.

Free Webinar: Gen Z Apologetics in a “You Be You” World — A method and model for reaching the next generation with the gospel with me and Josh Chatraw. Monday, December 14, 2020, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CST. Register now.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Morgan Housel – Lots of Overnight Tragedies, No Overnight Miracles. An important thing that explains a lot of things is that good news takes time but bad news happens instantly.

2. Casey Chalk – Amusing Ourselves to Death: Revisiting the Prophetic Work of Neil Postman. Neil Postman warned of the trivializing of our media, defined by “broken time and broken attention,” in which “facts push other facts into and then out of consciousness at speeds that neither permit nor require evaluation.”

3. Nicholas Lemann – The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump. Interesting take on the future of the Republican Party and three emerging coalitions: Remnant, Restoration, Reversal.

4. Helen Lewis – The World Is Trapped in America’s Culture War. An intriguing article on what it’s like to observe (and share) in some of the American cultural divides when you’re in England and the issues aren’t the same.

5. Vaughn May – Teaching Politics at Belmont Has Me Worried About the State of Debate. This is an enlightening and worrying first-person take from a Christian college in the heart of a red state.

6. John Stonestreet and Shane Morris – ‘Born This Way’ Is Old Science. Though the whole “born this way” claim was once a useful slogan to advance gay rights, it no longer serves the goals of the LGBTQ movement.

7. Tim Challies – The Influenced Will Be Like the Influencer. A good reminder about attentiveness to who is influencing us. “We imitate Jesus by imitating people who are like Jesus. We are influenced by Jesus by being influenced by people who have themselves been influenced by Jesus.”

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