Saturday, July 28, 2012

Articles of the Week - July 28

The two articles I starred from Christianity Today this week both have to do with the same-sex marriage debate. On a broader level, the editorial board offers just that - a broad, "big picture" perspective on the issue, and suggests how the church might change its own approach. With regard to a particular story related to this issue, Jasmine Young reports on Billy Graham's support for Chick-fil-A as its senior leadership stands against same-sex marriage.

Further to the recent news about Chick-fil-A, the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune comments on the legal and political nuances behind recent opposition by Chicago leaders to a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Chicago. Also in the Tribune is the editors' challenge to Illinois schools to adopt a new kind of teacher evaluations, a tribute to heroism in the face of fire, and some "what might have been" musings Chicagoans have as the 2012 Olympic Games open in London.

Speaking of the Olympics, Kristin McGunnigle of World Vision lists five little-known facts about the Games, and on a couple of sports-related subjects, Cash Kuth describes the Wrigley Field bleacher experience, and Ray Pritchard describes his skydiving experience.

Getting back to World Vision, I starred three other articles from them this week. Laura Reinhardt reports on all the good done by the teacher resource center, American immigrant and Team USA member Lopez Lomong reflects on his experiences being in American on 9/11, and one of WV's child sponsors tells her miraculous story.

In arts and entertainment, Zachary Lewis of the Cleveland Plain Dealer lauds the unsung heroes of concert halls, and James Oestreich reports for The New York Times on trends of spirituality in classical music, both compositions and concert programs.

For The Foundry this week, James Gattuso compliments the U.S. House of Representatives on recent anti-regulatory action (watch the video in this post) and James Carafano outlines the core problems of current fiscal policy debate. Also in political commentary this week, The Economist wishes for the current presidential campaign to realize its potential to inspire an important discussion on the role of government.

And in theological and devotional commentary this week (aside from the CT article above), author and pastor Gerald Hiestand describes the biblical antidote to culture's depersonalization of the body, Michael Gungor identifies the tendency for shallow faith, and Andree Seu Peterson challenges readers to sit in the front row.

And lastly, I am not tweeting! Follow me @therubioroom.

This is Rubio, over and out.

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