Podcast Pick of the Week: Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, and Justin Taylor discuss division, whataboutism, and Christian nationalism in the most recent episode of Life and Books and Everything Else.
Kindle Deal: Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics by Eugene Cho. $1.99.
Miscellaneous: Over at the ERLC, I answered some questions related to What does the Bible say to Christians in the age of self help?
Fun: I may have spent more time than I should have walking through the 3D tour of the completely restored Brady Bunch house from HGTV.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Caleb Batchelor – How Would Paul Use a Church Directory? He’d Look for Grace on Every Page. This is a beautiful reflection on celebrating the grace of God in the lives of people in your church and looking for signs of sanctification and glory.
2. John Stonestreet – Our Politics is Cracking Under the Weight of a Thinning Civil Society. “As civil society thins and as Americans become less connected to the pre-political aspects of life, the cultural weight lands on politics. To put it bluntly, our politics cannot handle the amount of weight we currently expect of it.”
3. Bari Weiss – The Great Unraveling: The old order is dead. What comes next? “Hate sells and hate also connects. Communities can grow quite strong around hatred of difference, and that’s exactly what’s happened to the American left and the right.”
4. Justin Hawkins – Dignity Beyond Accomplishment. “In a world that prizes accomplishment over existence, those unable to perform the latter will come to be seen as unworthy of the former.” A beautiful and insightful exploration of life, dignity, worth, and Down Syndrome.
5. Tom Roston – An Oral History of Wikipedia, the Web’s Encyclopedia. Wikipedia is one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Here is an oral history of his origin and development.
6. Jill Lepore – What’s Wrong With the Way We Work? Americans are told to give their all—time, labor, and passion—to their jobs. But do their jobs give enough back? Jill Lepore explores.
7. Collin Huber – What Are Old People For? Company, embodied presence, value – these aren’t cheesy Hallmark sentiments; they are the building blocks to the foundation of a joy-filled life. They require sacrifice, risk, and a willingness to resist the tide of the times.
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