Podcast: I enjoyed a conversation with Darryl Dash this week over at Gospel for Life on Discipleship in Our Time, discussing why it’s important to work out what it means to follow Jesus in our time.

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Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jeremy Anderberg – The 10 Best Biographies of American Presidents. Enjoyed reading through this list of picks for best presidential biographies. I’ve read other biographies of some of these presidents but only one of the picks that made this list—The Bully Pulpit. Here are a few of my favorites: Team of Rivals about Lincoln; Being Nixon; Destiny of the Republic about the assassination of James Garfield, and the recent book Hoover, an enjoyable look at an often-maligned president.

2. James Bejon – The Death of Judas: Absalom, Ahab, or Both? This is a great article on how/why Luke and Matthew describe Judas’ death in different ways.

3. Darryl Dash – Pastors: Keep Preaching. With bombs falling, and the future of England in question, Martyn Lloyd-Jones kept preaching. We need the same kind of focus today.

4. Mary Eberstadt – Mr. President, Your Allies Are Coming for Your Fellow Catholics. Mary Eberstadt pens a letter to a fellow Catholic – President Joe Biden – urging him to use the bully pulpit to stand up for those who believe what the Church teaches.

5. Griffin Gulledge – Uprooting Evil in the Fields We Know. A reflection on an insightful line from Tolkien. We are to use all of the strength we have in the times we have been placed to uproot evil on our little plot of earth, in the little time we have.

6. Rob Long – Will COVID Bring a New Golden Age of Television? Rob Long in Commentary wonders if the slowdown of Hollywood output during the pandemic will open the door for a new burst of innovative and creative television.

7. James Mumford – A Bioethics of the Strong. Carter Snead has traced the way that the law has taken certain liberal principles, such as the sovereignty of the individual, so far that it has created a politically illiberal status quo — one in which the strong wield lethal force against the weak.

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