5 Good Reads

For the post-holiday rest of your week: a roundup of five articles worth reading and considering, with a sample quote from each. (Note that inclusion here means each piece is helpful, not that I agree with everything in every article!)

The United States of Ambivalence: Celebrating the Founding of Imperfect Freedom
Thomas Kidd, Desiring God
“Ambivalence” is not such a bad posture for Christians to adopt toward America, however. We have always had reasons to celebrate and reasons to lament America’s history.

This Pro-Life Talk at Google Headquarters Was a Hit
Catholic News Agency
A pro-life activist walks into Google’s headquarters and delivers a speech so compelling that within 24 hours, the online video of it surpassed a similar speech given by the head of Planned Parenthood. It may sound like the start to a far-fetched joke, but on April 20th, pro-life speaker and activist Stephanie Gray did just that.

It’s Not Just Mike Pence. Americans are Wary of Being Alone with the Opposite Sex.
Claire Caine Miller, New York Times
Many men and women are wary of a range of one-on-one situations, the poll found. Around a quarter think private work meetings with colleagues of the opposite sex are inappropriate. Nearly two-thirds say people should take extra caution around members of the opposite sex at work. A majority of women, and nearly half of men, say it’s unacceptable to have dinner or drinks alone with someone of the opposite sex other than their spouse.

What If There Were No Profits?
Dylan Pahman, The Acton Institute
There is a false dichotomy here between profits and poverty. Stock markets measure company value, which is related to profit but not the same, and people can idolize that. But what [Pope] Francis doesn’t see is that without profit companies go out of business, all of the people who work for them lose their jobs, and poverty grows.

One Year After Philandro Castile’s Death, 4 Black Christian Leaders Share Why It Still Haunts Them
Josh Shepherd, The Federalist
In such a flashpoint of racial tensions, we can learn much by listening well to wise leaders in the black community. Now, black voices from across America offer their views on this tragedy, and what we can learn as we share in the family’s grief.


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