Podcast Pick of the Week: What was G. K. Chesterton’s influence on C. S. Lewis? Alan Duncan has looked through Lewis’ original manuscripts to find the proof. Great conversation on Gilbert and Jack.

Kindle Deal: Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals by Mark Galli. $2.99. 

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Russell Moore – John Stott at 100: Why We Still Need HimIf you read nothing else from this list, don’t miss this one—a terrific tribute to one of evangelicalism’s most important voices in the late twentieth century.

2. John W. Yates – John Stott Would Want Us to Stop, Study, and StruggleAnother tribute to Stott, this one offers a personal glimpse of Stott as thinker and writer who knew “pain in mind” was often necessary for great work.

3. Gary Saul Morson – The Greatest Christian NovelThis article convinced me to get an English translation I haven’t read before, so I can read Dostoevsky’s “Brothers Karamazov” yet again.

4. Christian Smith – Keeping the Faith. “My years studying ­intergenerational family religious ­dynamics have produced clear findings, which suggest implications for parents interested in the religious formation of their children.”

5. Ian Leslie – Before You Answer, Consider the Opposite Possibility. Pushing yourself to listen to contrary opinions is the way to make better judgments.

6. Taylor Lorenz – Jake Paul Promised Them Fame. Was It Worth the Price? C’mon parents, you had to know this wasn’t going to go well. 

7. Michel Houellebecq – How France Lost Her Dignity. A civilisation that legalises euthanasia loses all respect.