- Three Myths on the World’s Poor: By almost any measure, the world is better off now than it has ever been before. Extreme poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, child mortality is plunging, and many countries that had long relied on foreign aid are now self-sufficient. So why do so many people seem to think things are getting worse? (Wall Street Journal)
- How race and religion have polarized American voters: The rise of polarized politics in Washington is a direct result of profound changes that have taken place in American society and culture over several decades. These changes include a dramatic increase in racial and ethnic diversity and a deepening divide over religion and moral values. (WaPo)
- Medicine Does Not Know What ‘Dead’ Is: Why doctors should not have the last word on life and death. An interview with Duke physician Raymond Barfield. (Chrisitanity Today)
- Brothers, we are not Amateurs: A Plea for Ministry Preparation: A ministerial amateur is not one who lacks formal training or advanced degrees from reputable institutions. An amateur is one who lacks the knowledge base, skill set, and experience for a particular task, in this case Christian ministry. This is to say, one can still be an amateur though holding an earned degree, and one can be a faithful minister though lacking one. (Jason K. Allen)
- Definitely check out Ben Myers’ shortest ever commentary on the Bible, offering Twitter-length summaries of every book in the Bible.
- How to solve a key problem with modern tithing.
Just for Fun
- Just because a pug doesn’t want to eat the cookie, that doesn’t mean you can have it. Not even if you’re a baby.