Month: July 2018

what if people want what’s bad?

This The New Atlantis article about Google, its power, and its struggles with regulation is very interesting. But the ending is perhaps the most troubling: Google links to a December 2016 Fortune article that explains, “Querying the search engine for ‘did the Holocaust happen’...

/ July 11, 2018

the enduring absurdity of race

This essay by W. Ralph Eubanks is a good introduction to the challenges of race’s enduring power in America: Race is an absurdity, having long ago been discredited as a valid biological category and, in the Brown decision, a defensible legal one....

/ July 10, 2018

“I surely am the degradedest woman that ever lived.”

I was delighted to find that one of my all-time favorite short stories (surpassed only by “Watch With Me”, the most profound exploration of community and mental illness I have read), “A Half-Pint of Old Darling” by Wendell Berry, is...

/ July 9, 2018

learning from other countries about community health workers

One of my favorite hobbyhorses is community health workers, so I’m delighted to see that someone is trying to study how we might more broadly implement them in the US: The task force says that involving community representatives in the...

/ July 6, 2018

there aren’t good short-term fixes for migration, either

Last week I highlighted a really good article about the long-term migration problem that the world is facing. Here is more evidence from The Atlantic that things aren’t holding in the short-term, either: When I asked immigration experts this week...

/ July 5, 2018

christian nationalism is good

Especially when confronted with spectacles like church choirs singing “Make America Great Again”, it is natural that we would recoil in horror from the idea of Christian nationalism. Many argue, in fact, that there can rightly be no such thing,...

/ July 4, 2018

illth

I stumbled upon this fine little essay from Micah Meadowcroft about illth, a term coined by John Ruskin to describe the misuse of wealth: There are no unique secrets here, just the recognition that money can be misspent — or...

/ July 3, 2018

pastoring and politics

I appreciated this from Dan Darling about the blurred lines between pastoring and politics: Yes, the gospel is inherently political. It is the declaration that there is another king and another kingdom, that all the accumulated power in this world,...

/ July 2, 2018