When I wasn’t giving advice to Christian parents whose children are considering Christian colleges, this week I read lots of other good posts and articles around the web, including…
• Philip Jenkins continued to look back over the key religious events of the 2010s.
• To Dale Coulter, the impending split of the United Methodist Church has to be understood in light of the denomination’s relatively short history.
• Andrea Turpin shared some recent research into the history of single women in the church, whose “very existence… called into question definitions of Christian womanhood confined to women’s relationship to men.”
• Can historians weigh in on contemporary issues without falling into the trap of “presentism”?
• A group of African American pastors and lay leaders wrote in support of the Christianity Today editorial against Donald Trump.
• Disturbing as Trump is, it’s not helpful to liken his supporters to members of a “cult.”
• I’m offended that I wasn’t considered enough of a Christian thought leader to be targeted for this scam.
• Fascinating sports and religion story of the week: what Jeremy Lin has to do with an ESPN employee becoming a Catholic priest.
• Learn more about one of the strangest, most versatile instruments in American music: the pedal steel guitar.