A few items regarding the Supreme Court's announcement that it will hear some cases on federal marriage laws.
- Ryan T. Anderson of The Heritage Foundation offers a summary of the announcement and the conservative perspective on the issue
- John G. Malcolm, also of Heritage, offers a Legal Analysis
- Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune describes possible outcomes and ramifications
And elsewhere in politics and public policy:
- Sarah Morris of Heritage reports on the United Nations' declaration of contraception access as a human right (how an invention can be a right is beyond me)
- Amy Payne of Heritage reports on the latest movement from House Republicans on fiscal cliff negotiations, not hiding her disappointment at the lack of bold moves
- Diane Cohen of the Tribune argues that collective bargaining negotiations for public bodies should be conducted in open meetings (I agree with this)
- The Tribune's editorial board calls on the president to remember his pre-inaugural commitment to entitlement reform
- Sarah Torre of Heritage reports on the attitudes of Americans toward the HHS mandate exemptions for religious organizations (a recent poll shows that more support than oppose a broader exemption than currently allowed)
- The Gospel Coalition, as part of its FAQ series, offers a helpful summary of the fiscal cliff issue
Some thoughts on matters of faith, theology, and church life:
- Blogger and Bible teacher Jen Wilkin, writing for TGC, has some advice for parents about protecting the Sabbath
- Jon Acuff has a unique and convicting discussion of sanctification
- "Jordan" of gaysubtlety also has some unique and convicting thoughts on sanctification
- Josh Moody of College Church has some thoughts on cultural engagement for Christians based on I John
- Melissa Steffan of Christianity Today reports that there are seven categories of people that Americans trust more than their pastors
Some Advent-themed pieces:
- Ray Pritchard ponders the signs of Christmas in Eden, a "famous Christmas verse," and an "unlikely Christmas verse"
- W. David O. Taylor writes at length about the hymn "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" and its author, Charles Wesley
- Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence writes for Today's Christian Woman about her changed perspective, as a Protestant, on the veneration of Mary
- Charley Honey of the Grand Rapids Press suggests sacred music as a way to ease holiday stress (well, duh!)
- Mary Schmich of the Tribune reflects on the use of "big words"
- Lachlan Markay of Heritage lists ten things on which Americans spend more money than their elections
- My college classmate Kelsey Craggett muses on some of her recent experiences and discoveries as a young professional musician
What articles or blogs caught your attention this week? Share a link or two in the comments section below!