I’ve started 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 post, but I 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.
Like last week, I’ve included material that’s a few months old.
Blog Posts & Online Journals
- Harvard Divinity Bulletin, “Old Souls, New World”– Marilynne Robinson invites us to reexamine the Puritans and see that almost everything we think we know about them and their attitudes is wrong.
- Mere Orthodoxy, “Young Christians and the Specter of Socialism” – Jake Meador explains why many younger conservative/traditional Christians are open to some forms of economic socialism.
- New City Commons, “On Unemployment” & “On a Universal Basic Income” Part 1 & Part 2 – Philip Lorish outlines the debate over UBI that has risen in response to the dramatic misalignment of wealth, growth, and employment.
- Christ and Pop Culture, “Be Offended and Do Not Sin” – Luke Harrington urges readers not to attribute moral accomplishment or failure in feeling offended but rather to see the emotional state as an opportunity.
- Comment, “I Was Told There Would Be More” – B.D. McClay discusses adulthood and independence in dialogue with Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse’s new book, The Vanishing American Adult.
- Sex and Gender: A Beginner’s Guide, “Sex” – Feminist Political Philosopher Rebecca Reilly-Cooper presents the fixed biological reality of humanity’s sexual dimorphism and explains that humans cannot change their sex.
- Reformedish, “Keller, Jones, Turretin, and the Love of God in the Cross” – Derek Rishmawy defends the traditional view of penal-substitutionary atonement against a misreading of a recent tweet by Tim Keller on the experience of Jesus on the cross regarding the love of the Father.
- TGC, “Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident” – Joni Eareckson Tada reflects on God’s grace and her experience of suffering as a quadriplegic.
- Circe Institute, “On Human Beauty” – Joshua Gibbs expounds upon twelve theses regarding human beauty.
Online Newspapers & Magazines
- National Review, Why A Universal Basic Income Is a Terrible Idea– Oren Cass argues against an increasingly popular proposal to combat the effects of automation of the work force.
- Christianity Today, “The Unbusy Pastor” – Eugene Peterson explains why, for pastors, busyness is the symptom not of commitment but of betrayal—written in 1981!
- NYT Opinion, “Getting Grief Right” – Psychotherapist Patrick O’Malley argues that because each loss is a unique story, those grieving must enter into the sadness without the notion that there’s one particular way to grieve.
- Vox, “Liberals often blame mass incarceration on the war on drugs. That’s not quite right.” – German Lopez highlights a new study demonstrating that the rise in violent offenses and not minor drug offenses has led to mass incarceration, challenging the well-known thesis propagated by Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow that the drug war is to blame.
- NYT, “Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Testing Takes a Toll” – Nelson D. Schwartz reports on the challenge companies face in finding enough blue collar workers who can pass drug tests.
- Boston Globe, “The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.” – Reporter Billy Baker explores the epidemic of loneliness our society faces, particularly among men.
- Risen Motherhood, “How Many Children Should We Have”– Hosts Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler talk about embracing children into family life while raising a number of considerations to balance.
- Audition: A Podcast of Mars Hill Audio, “Oliver O’Donovan on political theology” – Host Ken Myers interviews the moral philosopher on the Church’s historic belief that governments are expressions of God’s rule, and that the reality of the king of God is a necessary point of reference if we are to understand politics correctly.
- Radiolab, “From Tree to Shining Tree” – Hosts Jad and Simon explore the forest and uncover the incredibly ability of trees to communicate and create symbiotic relationships with fungi.
- The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders – an exploration of the doctrine of the Trinity as it relates to Evangelical faith, the gospel, and the Christian life