I’m going to start posting a weekly collection of blog posts, articles, podcasts, and books that I have found interesting, helpful, challenging, important, or funny. I don’t endorse everything I’ll be posting, but I’ll only post content I think is worth taking the time to consider. We all have to make choices about what content we “consume” each week, so I hope I can point you in directions that are worth your time.
I’ll start with content I’ve come across the last few months, and then I’ll proceed week by week from there.
- Alastair’s Adversaria, “The Revolutionary Work of Motherhood” – Alastair Roberts discusses how our perception of the work of motherhood is distorted when framed in the marketplace as unpaid labor because it fails to recognize the unique “goods” motherhood produces.
- Vox, “Mainline Churches are emptying. The political effects could be huge.” –
- TGC, “How White Christians Can Stand in Solidarity with Minority Brothers and Sisters” – Mika Edmonson encourages Christians to listen to minorities with humility, intentionality, and measure without being defensive.
- TGC, “Stop Overspiritualizing ‘Calling'” – Bethany Jenkins seeks to correct our misguided understanding of being “called” by God and encourages us to be faithful to Christ in our vocations.
Online Newspapers & Magazines
- USA Today, “‘Born This Way?’ It’s way more complicated than that.” – Alia Dastagir throws a wrench in the rally cry of the mainstream gay rights movement by pointing to the interrelations of biology, psychology, and the social/cultural context in the development of sexual orientation.
- The Atlantic, “The Church of Crossfit” – Julie Beck highlights how gyms and other secular communities are starting to fill spiritual and social needs for many nonreligious people.
- NYT, “Gray Matter: Don’t believe in God? Maybe You’ll Try U.F.O.’s” – Psychology professor Clay Routledge explains that while religion is declining, the “religious mind” continues even and especially among secularists because we are hard wired to find meaning and significance in our lives.
- National Review, “Post-Christian America: Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious” – David French interacts with the previous article and argues that although secularists expect a world without religion to be more rational, humane, and enlightened, some evidence suggests post-Christian America will be more tribal and vicious.
- NYT, “Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention” – African American Pastor Lawrence Ware explains why this year’s convention of Southern Baptists with its poor handling of a resolution against the Alt-Right and the marginalization of black leaders has led him to leave the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
- Waking Up with Sam Harris, “Is this the End of Europe?”, “The Politics of Emergency”, “The End of the World According to ISIS”, “Leaving Islam” – Harris interviews four different guests on various topics, but each of them interacts with the particular challenge and threat Islam brings to the West.
- Feminist Current, “Why Feminists Care about sex robots” – Host Meghan Murphy interviews anthropologist and ethicist Dr. Kathleen Richardson about how sex robots and pornography exacerbate society’s problems with sex and the sex trade.
- Pass the Mic, “SBC, Alt-Right, and Condemning White Supremacy” – Hosts Tyler Burns and Jemar Tisby discuss the controversy that surrounded the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 annual meeting with SBC Pastor Earon James.
- How Jesus Runs the Church by Guy Prentiss Waters – a helpful primer on Presbyterian governance
- Making Sense of God by Tim Keller – the best book I know of to give to contemporary skeptics of Christianity