Trevin’s Seven

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Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Jamie Dean – More Than Inspirational. Joni Eareckson Tada is World Magazine’s “Daniel of the Year.” For good reason. 

2. Karen Swallow Prior in The Atlantic – How Reading Makes Us More Human. A debate has erupted over whether reading fiction makes human beings more moral. But what if its real value consists in something even more fundamental?

3. James K. A. Smith – Finding Forgotten Friends. “Christian faith entails allegiance to a first-century Mediterranean Jew who rose from the dead. The church is that peculiar people that submits itself to the authority of the ancient tribes of Israel, heeds the words of very un-PC apostles like Peter and Paul, and keeps listening to ancient North African bishops like Augustine.”

4. Larissa MacFarquhar – Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On. A beautifully written profile in The New Yorker about a small town in Iowa that is largely Dutch Reformed.

5. Maggie Gallagher and Frank Cannon – Politics is Downstream from Culture. Turning the conventional evangelical wisdom on its head, these writers argue for political efforts to keep certain ideas and values “in play.”

6. Robert Smith – On My Shelf. In a visit to Beeson Divinity School this week, I was honored to finally meet one of my favorite preachers, Robert Smith. Here is a list of books he recommends.

7. Wyatt Watson – The First Woman to Translate “The Odyssey” into EnglishWhat a translation is doing — and what it should do — has been a source of vigorous debate since there were texts to translate. “I’m not a believer,” Wilson told me, “but I find that there is a sort of religious practice that goes along with translation. I’m trying to serve something.”

from Trevin Wax Posts – The Gospel Coalition


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