What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week!


CULTURE

Well, Kanye West Will Replace John Crist as a Christian Youth Conference Headliner

OK, has anyone checked on the Large Hadron Collider? Does it have a screw loose or something? Because here at the tail end of 2019, the headlines are just starting to get too weird to chalk it all up to “strange times.” We are living in the sort of world that would mystify even the Black Mirror writers’ room’s most fanciful minds.

Case in point, Fox News is reporting that The Strength to Stand Student Bible Conference in Pigeon Force, Tennessee has replaced former headliner John Crist with Kanye West — a series of words so bewildering you could be forgiven for slamming your laptop shut or throwing your phone into the deepest part of the ocean. Read Full Article

From Relevant Magazine


POLITICS

Jim Wallis: ‘White Nationalism is Not Just Racist, It’s Anti-Christ’

Sojourners President Jim Wallis sat down on Morning Joe for Wednesday’s show to talk about evangelicals’ continued support for President Donald Trump, what it means for Christian witness, and his new book, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.

“If Jesus were here today, he’d be celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement,” Wallis told co-host Willie Geist. “He’d be standing alongside our neighbors, especially who are immigrants and refugees. He would be furiously defending the planet from global warming.” Read Full Article

From Sojo


LIFE

An Unlikely Inspiration: What King Herod Taught Me About Keeping My Word

Though I’m probably not alone in mostly remembering Herod as the threatened and tyrannical ruler responsible for the massacre of the innocents, there’s another striking biblical story about the ancient king in which he throws himself a banging birthday bash and his stepdaughter dances for the guests. Herod is so delighted by the dancing that he promises the young woman anything she wants, and is then devastated when she requests the head of John the Baptist. Though the king imprisoned him, he knows that John is a righteous and holy man, and he’s intrigued by what the guy has to say. But — and here’s the twist — he decides to behead John anyway because he doesn’t want to break his word to his stepdaughter. You read that right: He so values keeping his word that he’s willing to kill someone over it. Read Full Article

From Busted Halo


SOCIAL

Who Should Be Time’s Person of the Year 2019?

Take your vote! Read Full Article

From TIME


SCIENCE

Getting Rid of Pollution Improves Public Health a Lot Faster Than You’d Think

After decades of steadily declining, air pollution is once again on the rise in the United States. Between 2016 and 2018, pollution of fine particulate matter — tiny particles that are emitted whenever we burn anything — rose by more than 5 percent.

That’s terrible news for Americans’ health. The researchers who identified the increase in pollution calculated that it was linked to 9,700 additional premature deaths in 2018. Worldwide, outdoor air pollution is responsible for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year. It affects nearly every organ in the body, and can cause or contribute to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. Read Full Article

From Grist

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Categories: culture, faith, Featured, life, Social Awareness, World

Author:Wood Lake Publishing

At Wood Lake Publishing we are passionate about supporting and encouraging an emerging form of Christianity, which is rooted in ancient wisdom and attentive to the movement of spirit in our day. Visit us online at woodlakebooks.com

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