I added a new blog to my Google Reader subscriptions this week, The Gospel Coalition Blog, so I will start this week's highlights with articles from there: Matt Smethurst interviewed Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum, authors of the newly-released Kingdom through Covenant (Crossway, 2012) (sounds like a fascinating read; it might have to go on my List), Collin Hansen set the scene for TGC's upcoming national conference with some highlights of a discussion about whether Jesus actually preached the gospel, Ben Falconer advises a regular dose of oratorio, and Joseph Rhea offers advice for theologians and seminarians who inadvertently neglect the relational aspect of their faith.
In Christianity Today, Melissa Steffan summarized President Obama's and Governor Romeny's comments on their respective faiths and James K. A. Smith writes for This is Our City "How to (Not) Be Worldly" (drawing heavily, and effectively in my opinion, on Augustine).
In the Chicago Tribune, Charles Krauthammer comments on Congressman Paul Ryan's present and future role in national politics, John Kass points out how much money could be earned by tolling bicyclists in the city, Christopher de Vinck offers a welcome commendation of teachers, and Steve Chapman provides the most balanced commentary I have yet read on current welfare reform policy.
In The Foundry this week, Lindsey Burke summarizes recent developments in customized education (I agree with all of the initiatives except for schools that are primarily virtual - the presence of a human teacher is vital for holistic development of children) and reports that "Support for School Choice Reaches All-Time High," and Ken McIntyre summarizes Becket Fund founder Kevin Hasson's comments on religious freedom.
In arts and entertainment news, Ratzo Harris comments for New Music Box on the difficulty of teaching, in classical contexts, how to "think in jazz" and Harry Eyres writes for The Financial Times on the legacy of classical music festivals.
And finally, Jon Acuff in Stuff Christians Like advises newcomers to not attend a church's last Sunday service, Michael Gryboski looks at preparations for next month's National Back to Church Sunday, Joshua Little reports for A Daily Miracle on the integration of faith and politics, Chuck King discusses in Knowing the Score about that mysterious and ubiquitous word, "Selah," Ray Pritchard advises preachers how to not begin a sermon, and Meggie Zahneis reports on the defensive prowness of Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney.
This is Rubio, over and out.