Happy Friday, readers! Here are some interesting finds from the last week:
- Andrew Egger at The Dispatch provides a really helpful summary of what we know so far about how COVID spreads, and what we should do about it.
- Robert Tracinski at The Bulwark examines how the “White Culture” document posted by the NMAAHC almost sounded like it came from a White Nationalist website.
- Here’s a neat story about a tiny but important moment in Southern Baptist history as the tide of racial segregation began to turn.
- Jordan Standridge gives a fitting tribute to John Powell, the Houston-area church planter who died suddenly last weekend, by examining how Powell’s last sermon provides unexpected comfort for those mourning his loss.
- Cal Newport gives some helpful advice when emails and tasks begin to swarm in your inbox.
- Brent Orrell at The Bulwark examines the GOP version of “cancel culture.”
- Em Carpenter at Ordinary Times delivers two compelling and disturbing pieces this week: the chilling tale of a serial killer at the VA hospital, and a summary of the mysterious deaths of soldiers stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. (Note: Some strong language.)
- Clint Archer delivers a potent, pithy exposition of I Peter 2:17. Even a dummy like me gets it!
- Once again, Samuel Sey’s writing is just on-point. In this piece, he urges us not to repay racism for racism.
- David Murray provides 11 practical ways to reduce digital consumption. Nothing ground-breaking here, but we can always benefit from a reminder.
- Anca Martin reminds us of several ways to “fill our veins with Scripture.” These are simple, practical steps, so we have no excuse not to put them to work.
- Finally, our old buddy Seth Godin has some good advice: stop doom-scrolling.
Happy weekend, friends. Do me a favor, if you will: take a moment over the next few days, and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. They need to hear it more often, and it’s good for us to say it more often.
Also: remember that every day is a gift from God; remind yourself to receive it with thanksgiving and put it to good use.
I’ll be back next week with another Twilight Zone commentary (because I enjoy them, even if none of y’all read them!) and a few other fun things. See you then!