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Seven of the best articles I came across this week:
1. The Strange and Surprising History of Daylight Saving Time. The practice of moving our clocks twice a year is awash with colorful characters and strange-but-true tales.
2. John Woodbridge – Why Christian Theology Needs (Former) Atheists. A lot of prominent 20th century Christian thinkers used to be skeptics.
3. Eliza Thomas – Amy Carmichael’s Secret to Fighting Discouragement. I’ve long been inspired by Amy’s work and writing. Her endurance is a testimony to God’s grace.
4. Jake Meador – The Evangelical Center after Billy Graham. Jake Meador is always worth reading. I think his comments about a migration to Anglicanism are overstated, as well as the hopes he pins on the reformed movement, but still — worth considering.
5. Walter Strickland – The Day I Discovered an African-American Theologian. Learning about historical figures like African-American pastor Charles Octavius Boothe (1845–1924) not only shows God at work outside the dominant culture, but it also exalts Christ as the redeemer of every ethné.
6. Patricia Kellogg – Alcohol Addiction Kills More than Opioids in the U.S. A lot of attention has been given recently to the opioid epidemic, and yet deaths related to alcohol addiction far exceed the former.
7. James K. A. Smith – Is the University Worth Saving? Smith’s editorial for the newest edition of Comment Magazine asks a provocative question.