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Posted March 20, 2017:

Happy First Day of Spring!

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Jesus and Paul Ryan discuss health care. Nick Kristof dials up Scripture to ask Speaker Ryan some hard questions about health care. Could be posed as well to evangelical supporters of Trump.

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Going home. J. D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” explains why he is moving home to Ohio (and away from Silicon Valley). The line about the sociological function of four year colleges was especially telling. Incidentally, there’s a parallel movement among some younger Christians, for putting down roots, being committed to a place.

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Reformation 500. I’ve just finished editing a small group study for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It is written by members of the Writers Group. The four session course will be out this spring from the UCC. I’ll mention it again when it’s published and provide a link for ordering. Good stuff.

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The Benedict Option. We cited here last week to a piece by Rod Dreher, author of a book getting a lot of attention, “The Benedict Option.” In this column Ross Douthat appraises Dreher’s work and asks, among other things, if it can be helpful not only to conservative but to progressive Christians as well.

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Let go of the tree! Liked this piece (which may relate in a way to the previous one on “The Benedict Option”) by Arthur Brooks which correlates over-consumption of political information with unhappiness. As with so many things, it is a question of moderation. But moderation bumps up against the inherently addictive aspects of our click and click-bait culture.

- Tony Robinson

 

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