Podcast Pick of the Week: This episode of Cautionary Tales contrasts Martin Luther King, Jr. and “The Jewelry Genius” in an exploration of planning and improvisation in public speaking.

Kindle Deal: Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love: How a Violent Klansman Became a Champion of Racial Reconciliation by Thomas Tarrants. $1.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Clint Smith in The Atlantic – Stories of Slavery from Those Who Survived It. The Federal Writers’ Project ex-slave narratives produced tens of thousands of pages of interviews and hundreds of photographs—the largest, and perhaps the most important, archive of testimony from formerly enslaved people in history.

2. Andrew Walker – The Equality Act is Farewell to a Christian Metaphysic. By redefining the human person, we leave behind the moral imagination that built our civilization.

3. Mindy Belz in World – Back of the Line. Forecasters continue to believe that most developed nations will reach mass COVID-19 immunization by the end of this year. But they have downgraded expectations for 84 poor countries, saying most will not achieve mass immunity until late 2022 or even 2023.

4. Andrew Sullivan – The “Majority/Minority” MythA provocative essay that points to shifting understandings of race and casts doubt on the common assumption that America will soon become a “majority-minority” nation.

5. Joel Kim – Consistent Christianity. Hypocrisy can also refer to an inconsistency of another kind, pretending not to have inward convictions when exercising them is inconvenient or difficult.

6. Matt Hall – Forming Evangelical Pastors: Theological Education from the Margins. Evangelicals do not need more pastor-politicians. As the social pressures against historic Christianity increase, pastors and ministers will need a deeper doctrinal foundation, one that enables them to effectively catechize and instruct congregations embedded in a neo-pagan West.

7. World Magazine – Weighing Election Fraud Claims… Again. WORLD has reported on election fraud claims several times over the past three months. Lindell’s new video provides an opportunity to look at several in more detail.


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