- Alone, Yet Not Alone: There must be something legalistic in the human makeup, because cold, rigid, unambiguous, unparadoxical belief is common, especially considering how fervently the Scriptures oppose it. And yet there is a silent majority who experience a faith that is attractively marked by combinations of fervor and doubt, clarity and confusion, empathy and moral demand. (New York Times)
- Why I Love an Evening Service: Of all the casualties the church has suffered in recent decades, I wonder if many will have longer-lasting consequences than the loss of the evening service. (Tim Challies)
- In Defense of Atonement Theology: The most profound consideration of all is the identity of the one who makes atonement. A traditional Christology offers the strongest answer. A God who is not in Christ does little more than throw Jesus under the bus, but a God who is in Christ empties the self at the cross. This is an astounding proposition. (Christian Century)
- The U.S. Puts ‘Moderate’ Restrictions on Religious Freedom: Overall, Grim’s characterization of Pew’s research suggests that the “moderate” restrictions on religion in the U.S. aren’t primarily abridgments of freedom; they’re part of the complex puzzle of governing a pluralistic political community. The right to free exercise of religion may seem simple in principle, but in practice, it involves figuring out how one group’s rights intersect with another’s. (The Atlantic)
- In case you want to get a head start, here are all the Super Bowl ads.
Just for Fun
- 22 Astonishing Places That Are Hard to Believe Really Exist. These are pretty amazing.