In Case You Missed It

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against states’ rights to ban same-sex marriage. The online coverage and commentary, of course, was extensive. Here are a few of the more helpful pieces we read:

1)  At SCOTUS blog, Amy Howe explained the case and the questions before the court in plain English. A helpful post for you to understand the arguments and potential rulings.

2) Al Mohler discussed the foreboding language of the U.S. Solicitor General on religious liberty “issues” related to those who oppose same-sex marriage.

3) On Tuesday–the day of the Supreme Court hearing–Russ Moore offered his reflections on and prayers for the Supreme Court and the U.S. 

We read many other good pieces this week. Here are just a couple that caught our eye:

4) From the Federalist, former transgender man Walt Heyer argues that Bruce Jenner should try to change his mind, not the world.

5) At SEND Network, Ryan West describes the hope many Southern Baptist churches seek to bring to Baltimore in the midst of recent riots and unrest.

In Case You Missed It

Lots of end-of-year lists and reviews from the blogosphere this week. Here are some of the more intriguing lists along with a couple other articles of note. 

1) Russ Moore offered the top books he read this year. Some interesting selections.

2) Trevin Wax discussed the top 10 interviews he conducted this year.

3) Thom Rainer listed the top 14 posts for the year on his site.

4) Maybe a bit more under the radar, but here are the top 10 biblical archeological discoveries according to CT.

5) At Desiring God, John Bloom discussed seven resolutions to pursue love in 2015.

6) Al Mohler and Michael Kruger (part two; see his link for part one) responded, forcefully and convincingly, to Newsweek’s recent article on the Bible.


In Case You Missed It

1) Southeastern alum (M.Div.) and current pastor at Gateway Heights Church in Cleveland, Ohio, Cory Wilson writes about the evangelical expression of “A Biblical Vision of Marriage” at First Things.

2) Students must read: Southeastern VP of Institutional Advancement, Art Rainer, shares some good advice on how to avoid student loan debt.

3) Ed Stetzer provides helpful analysis of the growth of Pentecostalism while many other evangelical denominations are shrinking.

4) An illuminating testimonial and helpful argument from Al Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on sexual orientation and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

5) Our culture didn’t become secular overnight. Read Trevin Wax’s interview of James K. A. Smith to find out how Charles Taylor tells this story.

6) This one is a bit more dated, but still worth reading. At the New Republic, John Gray reviews Richard Dawkins’ auto-biography, An Appetite for WonderAtheism, it seems, is a religion.

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