That Was The Week That Was

This week I looked back at a debate over women in Bethel’s denomination, collaborated on a post about the faith of Walter Mondale, and shared some very positive early endorsements of my Charles Lindbergh biography. Elsewhere:

• Especially as a Minnesotan, I was relieved to see justice done in the Derek Chauvin trial. But as Elizabeth Bruenig pointed out, the question of what comes next isn’t an easy one.

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• What’s the problem with a historically black university eliminating its Classics program? Ask Cornel West.

• The British agency in charge of maintaining war graves reported on its historic failure to recognize the African and Asian troops who served in World War I.

• Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to officially recognize the slaughter of Armenians during WWI as a genocide.

• Why did the Biden Administration rethink its refusal to increase the number of refugees it would accept? Give some credit to evangelical activists.

• If you want to spent an hour or two thinking about the future of evangelicalism, try this set of essays hosted by Georgetown University.

• Dan Williams looked back to a time in American politics when religious liberty was a liberal cause.

• One more reminder that I need to see Minari, the acclaimed new movie about churchgoing Korean American immigrants in 1980s Arkansas.

• For the better part of a decade now, our church giving has been almost entirely electronic. Could COVID make the collection plate even less relevant?

• In case you’ve ever wondered what it would look like to render one of Pablo Picasso’s greatest works in chocolate

• Also in Spain: one of the most important voices speaking out against the COVID vaccine is a liberal nun from Catalonia.

• As always, Smithsonian Magazine tells fascinating origin stories: this week, of the Associated Press and a famous thesaurus.

• It’s often been observed that more people are reading under COVID. Karen Swallow Prior explained why this is really good news.

• Between the effects of a pandemic and a belated reckoning with a variety of ingrained problems, Greek life is in trouble on American college campuses.

• We’ve reached the point in higher ed where there are enough colleges closing to create a market for a book on that subject, written by the last leaders of one such school.

• Get to know one of America’s most distinctive Christian universities: Eastern, outside Philadelphia, has long been a kind of “laboratory” for the evangelical left.

• Add another name to the list of Christian college presidents trained as historians.

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• The newest battleground in the fight over sexuality in Christian higher education: Seattle Pacific University.

• I missed this last Friday, but it’s well worth coming back to: Jonathan Wilson’s argument that even left-leaning professors are actually quite conservative in their teaching.

• Finally, I love McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich, but I’d never given any thought to its cross-cultural appeal.