I'm going to try something different this week - summarizing my reading in prose!
In the Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov writes that children are naturally pro-life, Audrey Barrick summarizes Tim Keller's response to frequent challenges that the Bible is inconsistent and Ted Cunningham's proposal that Christians get married early (if I may editorialize, I disagreed strongly with Cunningham's reasoning), and Thom Rainer offers seven helpful questions to help leaders avoid committing sins of omission.
In Christianity Today, Jake Meador writes a review on the new book Making Peace with the Land by Fred Bahnson, in which the author argues that Christians have a responsibility to consider the environment, Alister McGrath describes how the Resurrection is the key to understanding Christ, and was thus central to his conversion, and Michael Horton discusses at length why homosexuality is anything but a simplistic issue for the Church and the Christian, and to think otherwise is to limit Christ's redemptive power.
In The Foundry blog of the Heritage Foundation this week, Lindsey Burke chides Congress for its ineffective anti-bullying agenda (not that it is not a good idea, but Congress is ill-equipped to do it directly), Dominique Ludvigson reports that the Supreme Court will likely review the Defense of Marriage Act in its next term, and Amy Payne lists five top reasons to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, on a related subject, traces the negative effects on job creation of Obama's current fiscal policies.
The editors of the Chicago Tribune, in parallel with Payne, gave excerpts Rep. Dan Linpinski's speech on that need to repeal the ACA and are frustrated with the lack of substance regarding fiscal policy in the current presidential campaign, though Ron Grossman reminds Chicagoans that regardless of our uncertain political and economic climate, there is free music three times a week at the Grant Park Music Festival.
Speaking of music, there are some concerns about the London Olympic Committee's asking musicians to perform at the Games for free, as reported by Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph. A third of the way around the world, Brett Campbell muses in San Francisco Classical Voice about the movement classical musicians are making to alternative venues with alternative ensembles - and doing it independently. By the way, the Wheaton College Artist Series regularly features such alternative and innovative acts, and individual tickets go on sale next week!
Finally, I found two interesting pieces in The Economist, one about the unique four-dimensional works of artist Tino Sehgal and a the other welcome call for American private sector to do what it does best and reinvent itself to bring the economy back, and Ray Pritchard offers the Thirty-Day Prayer Challenge.