I’ve been curating these weekly Repaso posts every Friday for something like two and a half years—since June 17, 2011 to be precise. Hard to believe, but true. Throughout that time, the formula has pretty much stayed the same: five(ish) items from the past week that struck me as interesting, with pull quotes, some brief commentary, and a video to wrap things up.
The formula has seemed to work, I’ve enjoyed it, and for various reasons people seem to appreciate this weekly dose of miscellaneous content loosely related to the gospel, culture, and justice, the themes of my blog.
So I’m certainly going to keep Repaso going. But I’m also going to switch things up a bit. Beginning today, Repaso will be written a bit more like a narrative and less like a list. Farewell, numbered items. Hello, good old fashioned sentences.
Jim Belcher (author of In Search of Deep Faith) shared this great quote from a blog post by American historian John Fea about the connection between traveling, reading good books, and thriving as human beings:
I’ve noticed a unique trend among my friends who’ve thrived in their 20’s and 30’s. These special people have continued to seek out challenging books and ideas, allowing their beliefs and opinions to grow and evolve. They’ve stretched their worldviews by traveling beyond the borders of their hometowns, many of them abroad for substantial periods of time. They took risks, flourished in foreign places, taken jobs outside of their original field of study, and shared late night meals with people different than them.
James Skillen of the Center for Public Justice asks: “Can humans build any appropriate monuments to justice?”
The Jesus Creed blog had an interesting interview with Cornelius Plantinga, Jr: “Great writers stretch our sympathies.”
I started reading The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen this week, and I predict it will be a real game changer. Here’s a good interview about the book with Christianity Today. I’m grateful for the work of Haugen’s IJM colleagues all over the world, and especially in Guatemala. As this video reminds us, every child deserves to be protected.
Self-identifying as “prophetic” can be a cop out, says Rich Mouw.
Photos of Orthodox priests standing in the gap between battle lines in Kiev made the rounds this week. This one in particular struck me as a poignant and embodied apologetic in the spirit of 2 Corinthians 5:20.
[Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits]
My little sister is 27 today. Hard to believe. Happy birthday, Heidi!