A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening to the public on April 26, 2018, will become the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence. [Equal Justice Initiative] Should I give… Read more

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera About the boys: Tim Winton on how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny.  [Guardian] Wes Hill reviews Marilynne Robinson’s newest collection of essays. [CT] Do we really have a ‘self’? A leading behavioral scientist argues the idea of a deep inner life is an illusion. “Our language system is continually generating a flow of plausible-sounding explanations of the reasons behind our… Read more

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera 50 years ago today, the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Here’s the NYT’s original obituary of MLK. [NYT] We forgot what MLK believed. He was a man of faith but his faith demanded action. [NYT] 1 officer fired, 1 suspended in death of Alton Sterling as police release new videos. Neither officer is charged. If you haven’t watched… Read more

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera If you only read one thing, read this by Andy Crouch: It’s Time To Reckon With Celebrity Power [Gospel Coalition] Easter is calling me back to church. [NYT] Christianity as default is gone: the rise of a non-Christian Europe. “The new default setting is ‘no religion’, and the few who are religious see themselves as swimming against the tide…In 20 or… Read more

Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame is a hero On the morning of March 23, 2018, a man named Redouane Lakdim hijacked a car, killing a passenger and wounding the driver. While driving the stolen car, he fired a gun at a group of police officers who were jogging on their morning run, injuring one. Eventually, Lakdim made his way to Trèbes, a small town in the south of France, where he charged into a grocery store and took hostages. One of… Read more

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past week related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera Three reasons why you should read more poetry. Written by yours truly. [Transpositions] Pulitzer prize winning poet sets his poems to jazz, posthumously. [NPR] Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’: America’s Most Widely Misread Literary Work. [Atlantic] On consciousness deniers: What is the silliest claim ever made? The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the… Read more

On a recent trip to New York City, I found this gem buried in the stacks at the Strand Bookstore: The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The sermons in the compilation span about a decade from 1928 to 1939. The final sermon in the book was preached in November of 1939, just a few months before Bonhoeffer was forbidden to speak in public by the Nazis. I want to quote some portions of a sermon that relate to how a… Read more

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        Stephen Hawking has died. [BBC] When will we stop killing humans with Down syndrome? [WP] Balkrishna Doshi is the newest winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known as the Nobel for architects. [NPR] Today’s Skyscrapers Assault the Skyline and the Street [Am Con] “Then came the 2016 election.” A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches…. Read more

One of my favorite N.T. Wright books is on a major Kindle sale ($1.99 when I published this). It’s called Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  If you’re interested in learning more about “heaven” and how God’s promised future ought to impact your life in the present, I would recommend this book! It does an excellent job dismantling some of our typical misunderstandings of the age to come and helps you reimagine the significance… Read more

A curated selection of articles of interest from the past two weeks related to Christianity and culture. News et cetera        Cosmic dawn: astronomers detect signals from first stars in the universe. [Guardian] A generation emerging from the wreckage. “It’s not that the students are hopeless. They are dedicating their lives to social change. It’s just that they have trouble naming institutions that work.” [NYT] Jordan Peterson’s gospel of masculinity. [New Yorker] Joy’s Mysteries: on Christian Wiman’s new poetry… Read more

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