Flotsam and jetsam (2/13)

Good Reads

  • My Thoughts after Writing ‘Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus’: All in all these past few weeks have been a quick lesson and reminder of where my identity is. Is my identity in my failures? Nope. Is it in my successes? Nope. Is it in how many views I get on YouTube? Definitely not. My identity is in the Cross of Jesus, and His resurrection. I’ve had to anchor myself in that truth every morning, because the voices of the world are incredibly powerful.
  • What does it mean to “Act like Men” – 1 Cor. 16:13?: Personally, I do not see anything in the biblical context or the usage of the word that requires a male orientation….But whatever it nuances may be, it is certainly a call for a mature courage, and that is always a good word.
  • M.I.A. Shouldn’t Have Apologized (New Yorker): television viewers were submitted to ad after ad that likened women—negatively—to sofas, cars, and candy. Mr. Winter didn’t have anything to say about that, so I’d like to raise both of my middle fingers to him and anyone who thinks profanity is somehow more harmful to our children than images of violence and misogyny.
  • Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor (NYT): Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults. But a body of recently published scholarship suggests that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening, a development that threatens to dilute education’s leveling effects.

Other Info

  • John Hick, one of the most influential modern philosophers of religion, has died at age 90.

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