Podcast Pick of the Week: “The Stone the Builders Rejected: Jesus, the Temple, and the Kingdom” — the fifth of the Gifford Lectures from N. T. Wright is a masterclass in biblical theology, showing how various themes culminate in the cross of Christ.
Kindle Deal: John Stott’s Balanced Christianity is $2.99. Stott’s Christ in Conflict: Lessons from His Controversies is $3.99, as is his Why I Am a Christian.
Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. Raffi Katchadourian – Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang. This is a lengthy, harrowing report on detainment centers and the crackdown in the Xinjiang region of China, told the eyes of one woman who survived.
2. Lifeway Research – Americans’ Views of Life’s Meaning and Purpose Are Changing. U.S. adults today are more likely to regularly wonder about meaning and purpose in this life but less likely to strongly believe finding a higher meaning and purpose is important.
3. Natasha Crain – Disagreement Fatigue and 2020: How the Events of the Year Will Shape 2021 and Beyond. From a Christian perspective, we can certainly disagree in bad ways (with wrong motivation, hurtful words, etc.), but disagreement is often both good and important.
4. Timothy Crimmins – Bowling Together Again? A review of what will likely be an important book, written by Robert Putnam.
5. The original Associated Press report of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. On the night Abraham Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, Associated Press correspondent Lawrence Gobright scrambled to report from the White House, the streets of the stricken capital, and even from the blood-stained box at Ford’s Theatre, where, in his memoir he reports he was handed the assassin’s gun and turned it over to authorities.
6. Brandon Smith and Madison Pierce – Jesus is the God Man, not the Flawed Man. A charitable, convictional response to a recent article that painted a picture of Jesus as doubt-filled.
7. Keira Bell – My Story. As a teen, she transitioned to male but came to regret it. Here’s how it felt to enter history in the trans debate.