I want to begin this week's highlights with faith and theology as (a) those articles account for about half of what I will share and (b) I rarely begin there. I will sort them by publication.
The Gospel Coalition
- Greg Forster examines some of the nuances of the "culture war" as applied to religious liberty
- Matt Smethurst summarizes a recent sermon on Christianity and politics by Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church
- John Starke provides a more biblical definition of discipleship
- The Gospel Coalition has also launched a new blog, "New City Catechism." If you subscribe to one new blog, make it this one! Ben Peays explains its purpose.
Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology
- Matthew Mason muses on politics in light of the upcoming election (make sure to read thought #8)
- Matthew Mason further reflects on the pastoral approach to theological study exhibited by John Paul II
- Jon Acuff of Stuff Christians Like discusses the lessons he has learned about surrender
- Jeff Haanen reviews a new book about domestic yet cross-cultural missions for Christianity Today
- Continuing his series of devotionals on Ecclesiastes, Ray Pritchard examines thanksgiving and satisfaction
- James Wood, for The New Yorker, celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer
Given that more than one of the "faith and theology" highlights had to do with politics, perhaps I should turn next to politics and public policy
- David Bittinger of the Chicago Tribune looks forward to November 7 and beyond
- Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation summarizes Paul Ryan's recent comments on school choice
- Victor Davis Hanson, in the Tribune, offers a concise synopsis of the effects of the presidential debates
- Ken McIntyre of Heritage outlines recent civic engagement by people of faith
- Sarah Morris of Heritage presents the word cloud for the final presidential debate
- Alyene Senger of Heritage argues that the contraception debate is not really about contraception
- The Tribune reports on a push from American business leaders this week for "action on the federal budget deficit"
- The Economist's Lexington looks at the oft-misunderstood significance of suburbia
- The editorial board of The New York Times offers its take on whether government creates jobs (my immediate response is that while yes, government employs many, many people, that is not quite the same as creating new jobs)
And that leaves us with just a few pieces on arts, entertainments, and sports
- BBC News reports on trends in the overseas revenues of British musicians
- Cordelia Hebblethwaite discusses the fate of pianos - and some of the emotions toward and conceptions of pianos over the last few centuries
- Carrie Muskat of MLB.com summarizes Theo Epstein's goals for the future of the Chicago Cubs
- The Economist's Prospero considers how the e-book industry is different from the print book industry
What articles or blogs caught your attention this week? Share them in the comments section below!