Podcast Pick of the Week: George W. Bush Paints E Pluribus Unum — the former president sits down with Sarah Isgur and Steve Hayes on The Dispatch Podcast.

Kindle Deal: The Biblical Theology Study Bible edited by D. A. Carson is just 3.99 this weekend.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. “I’d Never Been Involved in Anything as Secret as This.” The plan to kill Osama bin Laden—from the spycraft to the assault to its bizarre political backdrop—as told by the people in the room.

2. Mike Cosper – Remembering Marva Dawn (1948-2021): A Saint of Modern Worship. Her teachings pushed us beyond worship wars and individualism with keen observations, a generous spirit, and an otherworldly devotion to Jesus.

3. George Yancey – Who’s More Political: Progressive or Conservative Christians? The typical focus on conservative Christian activism hides the reality that political goals may be more prominent in the religious ideals of progressive Christians. Recent research suggests it’s not just conservative Christians who are slavishly devoted to political goals. They may not even be the worse offenders.

4. Jared Wilson – 4 Reasons Pastors Plagiarize. One question keeps coming up, as well — and one that hasn’t been substantively answered, as far as I can see — is why exactly preachers would tempt getting exposed as frauds or even fired for undertaking this practice. 

5. Emma Green – The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown. Progressive communities have been home to some of the fiercest battles over COVID-19 policies, and some liberal policy makers have left scientific evidence behind.

6. Charles Horton – Seeking the Silver Lining. COVID-19 has been a nightmare, but the pandemic has also resulted in a reduced flu season, expanded telemedicine, and the growth of RNA-based vaccines.

7. Karen Prior – The Emergence of Remix Culture. Tara Burton’s book “Strange Rites” goes a long way toward explaining the Gallup poll released last month showing that church membership in the U.S. has fallen below half of the population for the first time—47% of Americans now belong to a church, synagogue, or mosque.